“Bombshell,” the women who took down Fox News

Left to right: Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), and Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie). SOURCE: Bombshell – Lionsgate

Definitely one of the best films I’ve seen in 2019. Charlize Theron’s resemblance to Megyn Kelly is scary!!! Usually, actors have a vague resemblance to the people the stories are based on, but this was screen reincarnation. Props to the makeup artists! I hope they win some awards.

This all happened.

The story is based on real-life events when former host Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) and anchor Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) spoke out about being sexually harassed by Fox News founder and CEO Roger Ailes. The only made-up character is Margot Robbie’s, who plays a bright-eyed journalist whose devotion for Fox News is rooted in family tradition as said on the trailer “We do Fox like we do Church!”

The movie portrays the cultish behavior experienced at Fox, which probably it’s not too far off from the truth especially when the majority of its viewers have developed a sense of loyalty toward a cable news network.

You get a glance into the world of Fox, it’s patriarchal ways, and its years of refusing to address the predatory behavior women were experiencing. It became the norm and in order to succeed as a woman you had to play by the rules (if you get my gist). It’s not a movie with a “liberal agenda,” this was coming from testimonies of dozens of women and two major anchors who decided to speak against its patriarch: Roger Ailes.

Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). Source: Bombshell – Lionsgate

Women, Fox, and #MeToo

Carlson and Kelly’s actions set a historic precedent at Fox. They stood up for themselves and to also protect women at Fox from experiencing the same things, and what surprised me the most is how often Kelly was saying “I’m not a feminist” as it to assure that she’s not losing her conservativeness and to remind viewers these women don’t consider themselves “feminist heroes.” Because being associated with the #MeToo movement or forming part of it suddenly makes you sympathetic or part of the “liberal agenda,” which is ridiculous this is not a movement born out of a campaign trail; sexual harassment and sexual assault are not partisan. 

Some of the criticism I heard of the movie talked about how it was written and directed by men without any women consultant. When I was watching the movie, I did not feel it was told through a “male lens,” but the criticism is fair. A movie that is telling women’s stories about sexual harassment in the workplace would have definitely been more nuanced and, possibly even better, if it had more women involved in it to help tell the story. It’s only logical to involve women in telling *this* story. It was a stupid move from the studio, period.

Final thoughts…

Overall, it’s a very entertaining movie and often frustrating. Knowing this happened and continues to happen to women breaks me into pieces. These are important stories that need to be told and I don’t need to say why.

I wonder if they have already discussed the movie in Fox News or if the movie’s sole existence is going to be acknowledged at all (If it has, let me know!). Also, I’m curious if loyal Fox News viewers will watch this movie. Will they take it as truthful? Or will they think it’s another campaign from the “damn libs!”? 

Have you seen the movie? Tell me your thoughts.