in recent years, of documentary the realm is of A place of cultural reassessment of famous women torn to pieces by the invisible hand of misogyny.A series of documentaries and investigative works surrounding britney spearscoupled with fan-initiated #FreeBritney movement, led to the end of the pop superstar’s cruel conservatism.Documents about Janet Jackson A two-part documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival explores the nauseating objectification and commodification of children. Brooke Shields.
netflix Shedding light on the abuse of ’90s icons Pamela Anderson of Pamela, love storya new documentary debuting January 31 — her memoir on the same day, love, pamela hit shelf. Directed by Ryan White (KeepersIn her words, Anderson recalls her childhood growing up in rural Canada. It includes some dark episodes. She was sexually abused by her childhood babysitter and raped by her friend’s boyfriend’s older brother (age 25). when she was 12 years old. Jumbotron at a BC Lions Canadian Football League game.her story encapsulates her playboy rise, baywatch Roxie Hart’s stardom in Broadway musicals, animal rights activism and the role of redemption Chicago! Its diary approach, sometimes with Anderson narrating from childhood and adult diary entries, and its hit-on-the-wall feel lends an intimacy usually lacking in such endeavors.
Of course, one of the documentary’s biggest focuses concerns a leaked VHS tape of Anderson and her then-husband, the Mötley Crüe drummer. Tommy Lee, engaged in a series of sexual acts on a yacht or elsewhere.was the first celebrity sex tape It went online megaviral and turned Anderson into a media punchline. Scenes where Matt Lauer, Howard Stern, and Jay Leno poke and poke her with tape make her feel bad. Anderson claims that her tape was “stolen” from her home and that her leak has damaged not only her career, but her credibility in the public eye.
“After that, I felt like my image in the comics also solidified. You become a caricature,” she shares in the film. And I knew my career was over.”
As Anderson, now 55, says, she and Lee had just had a baby, and six months into the new house, someone (she doesn’t know exactly who yet) found out about Lee. ‘s gun safe. It’s the size of a refrigerator’ and is located behind a carpeted wall. The safe was filled with Lee’s weapons and personal memorabilia, as well as a series of tapes of them being “goofy” during their honeymoon phase and fooling around in front of the camera. The tape was then spliced together to give the impression that it was a “sex tape” rather than a series of personal moments.
“One day I got a package in the mail. It was wrapped in brown paper. Tommy opened it. It was a VHS tape,” recalls Anderson. “Tommy told me to go upstairs and he saw it. I was like, ‘This is going to get in the way. This is our VHS tape of sex.
Penthouse Founder Bob Guccione offered to buy the rights to the tape for $5 million in cash, but Anderson and Lee said, “Fuck, give me back the tape.” Unfortunately, it was his 90s, when the internet was just booming. Not only did this tape spread like wildfire, but he of Internet Entertainment Group (IEG) was mass-produced by Seth Warshavsky and distributed the video without the couple’s consent.
“This was stolen from our house,” says Anderson. “There’s no way people can steal something from your house and sell it to the whole world.”
She and Lee ended up suing Warshavksy and IEG for selling the tapes, a significant privacy rights lawsuit at the time. During the trial, Anderson was pregnant and she had already had a miscarriage, so she was worried her stress would affect the baby’s health. It didn’t stop the lawyer from tearing her up in court.
“The lawyer basically said, you playboyYou have no right to privacy,” recalls Anderson. “They asked me about my sex life. I thought what a terrible woman she was. I was just a lump of meat. Basically I’m a prostitute, so this shouldn’t mean anything to me.
she continues. She doesn’t bring up heavy childhood stories, but she thought everyone knew when this guy attacked her. It was like that when the tape was stolen. And the deposition was so brutal. I remember she looked at them and she thought, ‘Why do you hate me so much?why these adult male Do you hate me that much!?”
Ultimately, in order to protect the health of their future children and spare Anderson from the hellish treatment, the couple agreed to end the affair, although Anderson insists: [the tape]And I hate it when people say we settled for something. We just told everyone to get lost… you can’t put a monetary number on the pain and suffering caused. ”
While discussing the story of the sex tape and its subsequent treatment of her by the media, Anderson becomes visibly upset. She tells the producer that she doesn’t feel well and takes a walk around her property to clear her head.
Unfortunately everything was dredged again Pam & Tommy, Hulu The Seth Rogen-produced miniseries, starring Lily James as Anderson and Sebastian Stan as Lee, chronicles not only their romantic relationship but also the theft and mass production of sex tapes. Watch her work on the series’ release in real time in the documentary.
“It really gives me nightmares. I didn’t sleep at all last night. I don’t want to watch it,” she offers. I’m not going to see this, who knows how they’re going to portray it? I should have gotten it.”
She continues: Basically, you are nothing more than something the world owns. So you belong to the world. Just… ignore it. Let go. “