"Kelley: The act of creating goes too far when it erases the actual context of the reality it tries to portray. So with Nymphomaniac, as far as depicting sex addiction, one can assume that is probably not how life is for the average sex addict. Of course, the point of the film was about a radical against a society of blind conforming, et cetera, but Lars von Trier goes too far when trying to portray the life of a woman discovering her own sexuality, because he fails to portray any actual context of what that requires.
Jamie: From my perspective, the most important thing is consultation and representation, and asking those who’ve experienced different lives and situations and oppression. The lack thereof is a problem especially when keeping in mind that these characters being written can be very close to a real person consuming the piece of fiction, and how damaging it can be culturally, to see that character reduced to a poorly written excuse to bring up a topic or a culture, rather than a human who is only partly that.
Chelsea: […] A lot depends on who makes the art and for whom. The other day, I used the example of Ousmane Sembène: he can depict so much horrific racism, racial misogyny, colonialism, but it never feels inappropriate. Whereas, someone like Lars von Trier always makes me uncomfortable. Sembène understands the issues he’s discussing and is making films for an audience that also understands. Von Trier, however, is exploiting oppressions that he “benefits” from, for other people who also “benefit from them”."
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