New York film critic David Edelstein found himself in hot water after making a strange joke on the rape scene "The Last Tango in Paris" in order to commemorate the director of the film, Bernardo Bertolucci, died Monday.
"Even grief is better with butter," wrote Edelstein in a Facebook post Monday alongside an image of actors Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, who starred in the 1972 film. In the scene, the character Brando uses butter as a lubricant to sodomize the character of Schneider.
In addition to the fact that Edelstein chose a rape scene to commemorate Bertolucci (although many may say that this is the most remarkable work of the director), some have mentioned the controversy between the director and Brando during the filming.
"JFC, David Edelstein. Throughout the day, I avoided the death of this man precisely because of the moment when a sexual assault of an actress was intentionally filmed. And this jerk makes it a joke, "said the actress. Martha Plimpton tweeted Monday afternoon with a screenshot of Edelstein's message on Facebook. "Send it back immediately."
Schneider, who was only 19 at the time of filming, said in 2007 that she "had felt a little raped" by Bertolucci and Brando because the explicit scene was not in the original scenario. Although Brando did not assault her, Schneider said she was not realizing all her rights on the set as a young actress. Bertolucci admitted in 2013 not to have given him all the details of the scene before shooting because he "wanted her reaction as a girl and not as an actress".
"I wanted her to react in a humiliated way," he said at the time.
Edelstein has since deleted the publication on Facebook and apologized in a statement via the magazine.
"To my embarrassment, I was not aware of Maria Schneider's comments about the realization of the" last tango in Paris. "I realize now that the joke was in bad taste and I have withdrawn, I apologize for this remark, "he said.
Despite Edelstein's apology, Twitter users have continued to demand that he be fired from New York magazine and other places he contributes, including Fresh Air from NPR and CBS Sunday Morning.
"Why is he still listed as an employee? … you have to remove the man from your show as soon as possible, "said a Twitter user. wrote in a post to "Fresh Air".
Another wrote"The fact that David Edelstein still earns money by showing his fanaticism in public proves the privilege of this fucking white in film criticism and the sad state of film criticism."
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This is the second time in a month that Edelstein apologized for dull remarks. Last week, he apologized for his recent review of the movie "Green Book", starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.
"The film draws in a sort of nostalgia for when all the same racism – seemed simpler and ready to disappear legally," he wrote in the review.
He later updated his account with an apology and wrote, "I find it horrifying that my last line reads as if I had the nostalgia for a time when racism was still more invasive and deadly than today. I do not … I apologize without reservation to express myself so insensitively. "
Edelstein is used to making dull and sexist remarks. In a 2001 review of the first film "Harry Potter," he writes about actress Emma Watson, then eleven years old, "The Watson, prepubescent, ridiculously seduces those of us who have always searched for authoritarian women.
He was also widely criticized for his 2017 article on "Wonder Woman," in which he mainly commented on the body of lead actress Gal Gadot and nothing else. Edelstein later responded to the criticism in an essay for Vulture, but did not apologize for his criticism.