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Hilarious Lawsuit Claims Twilight Movies Are Perverted and Racist

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A complaint filed by the makers of Twilight parody TwiHarder claims that the teenpire movie series is chock full of racism and perversion.

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From The Wrap:

In the suit, filed against Lionsgate Entertainment and Summit Entertainment on Monday, Between the Lines alleges that the films perpetuate racial stereotypes — specifically, "one-dimensional stereotypes about Native Americans and indigenous culture through the depiction of the character Jacob Black as a 'noble savage,' 'bloodthirsty warrior' and 'sexual predator.'"

The complaint also claims that the movies place a "heavy emphasis" on "socio-political hierarchy and economic power based on the color of skin rather than the contents of his or her character or accomplishments."

As for the perversion, the lawsuit points out that the "Twilight" films center "around the lustful and eventual sexual relationship between a 17-year-old girl, Bella Swan, and a male character, Edward Cullen, who is nearly 100 years her senior."

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Legit LOL at that 100 years her senior line. I can't speak to the rest of that because I've never seen the movies or read the books (what! My excuse is that I have eyes and ears!) but it sounds like it might be a whole lot of stretching.

There's a chance these movie are both perverted and racist, but this lawsuit is in no way about that. I'm sure it'll will come as no surprise that this is all in direct retaliation for Lionsgate and Summit hitting TwiHarder with a cease-and-desist order and legal threats.

My mom — who has seen the movies — has this to say: Perhaps we will be lucky and all of the Twilight movies will be recut to remove the offending content. What I mean is: Perhaps the movies will disappear!

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sailor-jupiter
Sailor Jupiter

Laura, I gotta ask - why did you write this article if you have never seen the movies or read the books? Is there no one at Jezebel who could have actually given an informed opinion?

So here is my opinion: Twilight is terrible (I have seen the movies and read the books and had to lead a terrible discussion group about it in high school) for multiple reasons:

  • It is kind of racist against Native Americans (more so in the books, just because the Native American characters are in there more)
  • It is hilariously sexist, (I am looking at you, entire plot of New Moon)
  • It is basically one giant abstinence metaphor/propaganda
  • Just because Edward looks 17 doesn't mean that his relationship with a 16 year old girl is any less inappropriate. He is still 100+ years old.
  • It has extremely damaging messages about what makes a healthy relationship and basically tells young girls that stalking is romantic

and the list goes on and on....

That being said, we have freedom of speech in this country and people are allowed to write horrendously offensive books. While I agree with the complainant's sentiment, I don't believe Ms. Myer should face legal ramifications.