Purple Hearts' rapid reception for a Netflix romance about two individuals with opposing views coming together was a huge hit for the streamer, but that success has been tarnished by a wave of criticism. Sofia Carson, who plays the protagonist and executive producer in the movie, responded to the Purple Hearts backlash, stating that she wanted to portray the country's political divide as accurately as possible.
Purple Hearts was released on Netflix on July 29, quickly establishing itself as a Top 10 movie. The film follows Cassie (Carson), an idealistic waitress and singer, and Luke (Nicholas Galitzine), a tense U.S. Marine.
No, it sounds like a great little love story, right? The film has been widely accused of racism and misogynistic themes. In particular, viewers have criticized an early scene in which one of Lukes fellow Marines proposes a crass toast regarding killing people of a certain ethnicity. Cassie, a Latina woman, is shown several times in the film, another element that sparked discussion about his clear misogyny and racism.
Carson herself was furious at the backlash, who in an Aug. 12 interview with Variety defended the film's depiction of a racist conservative man as a romantic lead.
Carson explains why I fell in love with the film because it's a love story but its so much more than that. It's two hearts, one red, one blue, two worlds apart, who are really raised to hate each other because to the power of love. They learn to lead with compassion and love each other and turn into this beautiful shade of purple.
The Purple Hearts controversy appears to be going to a halt anytime soon, as viewers are just as divided as Cassie and Luke were at the start of the film. However, unlike that pair of enemies-to-lovers, this one appears to be coming to an end in a lovey-dovey.
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