Actor Sofia Carson and director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum defend purple hearts against viewer complaints that her love story was “military propaganda”.
In the Netflix film, Carson plays a liberal musician named Cassie who enters into a sham marriage with a politically conservative Marine named Luke (Nicholas Galitzine) in order to enroll in a military health insurance program that allows her to afford treatment for her diabetes . The marriage also entitles Luke to new tax benefits.
Despite numerous complaints purple hearts is currently the most-watched film on the streaming service, with over 102 million hours of playback in a single week promotional week.
“Purple hearts is US military propaganda using the invasion and death of 1.2 million Iraqis as a romantic comedy.” wrote one Twitter user, who had particular trouble with a scene where Luke and Cassie attend a farewell dinner prior to Luke’s assignment. “Not to mention that he defended his racist girlfriend and told her to sit down and stop it when she called out to him after he cheered ‘hunt some goddamn Arabs’.”
Another viewer commented“So many people make hype purple hearts as if it weren’t racist, misogynist & American military propaganda. It’s not “enemies of lovers” – it’s terrible”.
Carson, who served as executive producer, defended the film in a recent interview with diversity. “Why I fell in love with the film is that it’s a love story, but it’s so much more than that,” she said.
“It’s two hearts, one red, one blue, two worlds apart, that were really raised to hate each other. Through the power of love, they learn to lead and love one another with empathy and compassion, and transform into this beautiful shade of purple.
“We wanted to represent both sides as accurately as possible. I think what I’ve learned as an artist is to detach from all of that and just listen to what the world is feeling and how the film is responding to it.”
Rosenbaum, the film’s director, also acknowledged the criticism.
“I hope people understand that characters have to be flawed in the beginning in order for them to grow. So we very consciously created two characters that were bred to hate each other,” she said. “They have mistakes in the beginning and that was on purpose.”
“For the red heart and blue heart to be anything purple, they have to be extreme,” she said. “Some of the people you surround yourself with are even more flawed than you are. Both were neglected by the system; He’s injured in a war that doesn’t seem to end, and she’s slipping through the cracks of the healthcare system.”
purple hearts now streaming on Netflix.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/purple-hearts-netflix-military-propaganda-b2145804.html Purple Hearts viewers have accused the new Netflix romance of being ‘military propaganda’