Picture this: it’s 2001. You’re settled on the couch with your (home) phone and a bowl of popcorn in arm’s reach. You’re about to watch Bridget Jones’ Diary for the fifteenth time in a row, and you’re READY for a rollercoaster ride of romance.
Suddenly, the phone rings, interrupting your favourite scene – the one where Daniel grabs Bridget’s ass in the lift without asking as the culmination of a succession of inappropriate and lewd emails.
Brrrring brrrring! Brrrring brrrring!
Bad news, everyone. It’s 2017 on the phone, and they’re threatening to report Daniel to HR for workplace sexual harassment.
It turns out that a lot of the movies we love are absolutely chock-a-block full of sexual harassment and emotional abuse, so buckle your seat belts, gang: I’m here to ruin them all at once.
1. Love Actually
Remember when Alan Rickman calls a female employee into his office to check if she “loves” her co-worker, Karl? You… can’t do that, Alan. That’s sexual harassment. Shut it down.
And when the new Prime Minister says, “Who do you have to screw around here to get a cup of tea and a biscuit?” in front of all his staff? Like it’s cool to just sexually objectify your female secretarial staff? And then later fires Natalie because she’s just too hot and sexy and it’s… hard to not force himself on her?
THAT IS 100% SEXUAL HARASSMENT, MY GOD SIR, YOU ARE THE ACTUAL PRIME MINISTER GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF.
Also, remember Mark? That creepy guy who ruined his friend’s wedding video so he could film weird close-ups of Keira Knightly while she danced WITH HER NEW HUSBAND? Then tried to make up for it with some light stalking and a series of creepy signs at her door?
We don't like Mark anymore.
2. There's Something About Mary
Ah, it was so cute when a man sent a private detective to stalk a woman he knew many years ago, then joined forces with that same private detective and a group of other men to all stalk her, lie to her and manipulate her as a team!
Wait. No. That was not cute. Why did Mary forgive Ted for this? Everything he did to make her love him was... wrong and illegal?
3. Sweet Home Alabama
Remember how Jake was super romantic and refused to sign his divorce papers from Melanie because he loved her so much and didn't want to lose her and, oh, by the way, when you're married to someone you OWN them! Ha ha ha, nice one Jake! All's fair in love and war, mate!