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Criticism | The Scandal

The struggle of women for their rights is a matter of general knowledge and, seeking to explore this theme, the director Jay Roach (Trumbo - Black List) brings the scandal to theaters, with strong participation as Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman in your cast.

The story may be a familiar one, as it is based on a real story that addresses the fall of the powerful CEO and editor in chief of the conservative Fox News channel, Roger Ailes, played brilliantly by the actor John Lithgow, after accusations of sexual harassment by anchors, reporters and channel employees in mid-2014. The proportion of the case expanded because it was reported during the presidential election period in the United States, with Fox News and Ailes himself, supporters of the republican candidate Donald Trump.

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The scandal | Image: Annapurna Pictures

It is very interesting to observe how the film is narrated and scripted, showing the point of view of the person who started the charges against Roger Ailes, the reporter Gretchen Carlson (Kidman) and her struggle to overthrow the powerful CEO being a woman and having to dodge the public who accused her of lying about such facts. With the affiliation of the popular anchor Megyn Kelly (Theron) and other women in support of Carlson, the case becomes public and evidence falls on the news, where the climax of the feature begins to unfold, always with a very feminist view of the facts. The film also expresses how conservative Fox News and its majority shareholders, the family Murdoch, deal with such a scandal.

Despite presenting the facts well and portraying the main event, the feature suffers from a lack of depth in the discussion of this process, which is an extremely important issue, sexual harassment within the work environment, with Roger Ailes most shocking at the time it was released. Exploring this case more deeply would have added more body to the work, however, despite a good script, there are gaps that may need to be filled to better understand the case.

The Scandal opens in Brazilian theaters on January 16.

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A feminist film against sexual harassment by one of the greatest entrepreneurs on American television.


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