Warning: If you live with an eating disorder, the following trailer may be graphic or triggering.
Netflix finally dropped an official trailer for the new indie dramedy, To The Bone, and (surprise) the Internet has opinions about it. The film, which stars Lily Collins as a teenage girl struggling with anorexia, has been a hot topic of conversation as of late, stirring up a variety of reactions on the Internet.
The film was featured in January at Sundance Film Festival and will start streaming on Netflix on July 14. In the movie, Collins' character meets an unorthodox doctor (Keanu Reeves) who challenges her to face her condition and consider a new outlook on life.
Some people like it.
Some people are excited to see mental illness and eating disorders represented in film because they feel it shows those suffering from EDs that it's possible to overcome them.
I'll be watching this, eating disorders are misunderstood and in particular binge eating. Let's get it out in the open.— Angela Ellis 🥂 (@angelazinellis) June 25, 2017
I saw it at Sundance & your film is beautiful. I am so angry ppl are twisting the narrative without having seen the movie.— Elio Elio Elio (@mattsamatt) June 25, 2017
To the bone is great, I mean there is an "happy ending" in a movie about anorexia, and I feel it's very important BC THERE IS A WAY THROUGH— ma(zo)ya 13 🏳️🌈 (@khalhennig) June 20, 2017
Others are vehemently against it.
While some ED survivors are thankful the film is shedding light on the illness, others compare it to Netflix's 13 Reasons Why in that it "romanticizes" EDs and could possibly do more damage than good. In fact, some wrote that they felt triggered or unsafe just from watching trailer.
u can already tell to the bone is gonna be another show romanticising mental illness and be dangerous for those who have eating disorders— lana 🌹 (@alanna_samuel) June 20, 2017
Netflix's 'to the bone' is just a massive trigger to anyone with mental health problems or any form of eating disorder, it is not helpful— morgan (@mxrganmc) June 20, 2017
Netflix's To The Bone is a prime example of companies exploiting severe mental illnesses, using the same old white manic pixie trope.— Jemimah Eden Vaughan (@jemimahvaughan) June 20, 2017
Seriously fuck Netflix for making To the Bone. Even the trailer is triggering. What do you think it'll do to its impressionable viewers?— starving (@SkinnyRoyalty) June 20, 2017
Some defend the film, including its writer and director Marti Noxon.
Both Noxon and Collins have spoken about their battles with eating disorders. "This movie was really important to me to be a part of because, as a teenager, I suffered from eating disorders," 28-year-old Collins said at Sundance.
"It's important. It's really important," she said. "It's something that a lot of young women go through and there's no shame in it, and this movie is about that — it's about embracing your past and about realizing it's something that doesn't define who you are, but it's about your experiences, surrounding yourself with people that support you, and about surviving and getting through it."
In a Twitter statement, Noxon, 52, wrote about responsibly preparing for the film.
"In an effort to tell this story as responsibly as we could, we spoke with other survivors and worked with Project Heal throughout production in the hopes of being truthful in a way that wasn't exploitive," she wrote. "My goal with the film was not to glamorize EDs, but to serve as a conversation starter about an issue that is too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions. I hope that by casting a little light into the darkness of this disease we can achieve greater understanding and guide people to help if they need it."
To The Bone was written by a woman who was anorexic & stars Lily Collins who overcame ED. This is NOT a 13rw case. pic.twitter.com/EKoEY9iGko— Ariel (@fIoraIprints) June 20, 2017
DO YOUR RESEARCH. Before calling To the Bone, "misrepresentation" and saying that the actors have no idea what ED victims have gone through. pic.twitter.com/l00feFzcQ8— ️ (@tomszendaya) June 20, 2017
before y'all go off about to the bone maybe do your research it's written and directed by someone who had an eating disorder— n | was rhaegardied (@JEONSBEGlN) June 20, 2017
The way people are reacting we won't be able to have any mental illnesses portrayed on TV because they think it's "romanticizing" it.— Sarone Aimah (@aimlynn23) June 25, 2017
And some are still on the fence about the film, which has yet to be released.
Many are waiting to see the film before coming to any concrete judgments. Some are hoping for a responsible, informative film — which includes disclaimers preceding potential triggering scenes.
I will be extremely disappointed if Netflix doesn't provide proper trigger warnings and resources for viewers of "To The Bone."— Gabby Frost (@gabby_frost) June 20, 2017
I don't think too many opinions should be made of 'To The Bone' before it comes out but really hope it doesn't glorify ED's.— Félicité 👑 (@fizfizfiz) June 25, 2017
Hoping "To The Bone" will be eye opening and helpful rather than triggering and glamourising anorexia— ells (@EllaChaston) June 21, 2017
i can see what netflix are trying to do with To The Bone but i can see it causing more harm than good— nic (@circasIaves) June 20, 2017
What do you think of the flick's trailer?
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