Love Actually branded ‘misogynistic and fatphobic’ as critics slam classic film

Richard Curtis’ star studded Christmas feel-good flick has come under fire recently for its misogynistic and fat-shaming undertones.

The rom-com, featuring stars like Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Martine McCutcheon and Keira Knightley, follows the intertwined lives of the main characters as they navigate love, loss and grief at Christmas time.

One such storyline features actress Keira Knightley as Juliet, caught in a love triangle between her newly-wed husband Peter, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, and his best friend Mark, played by The Walking Dead actor Andrew Lincoln.

After Juliet discovers a tape that Mark filmed during their wedding, which consisted entirely of close-up shots of Juliet’s face, she realises that he is in love with her.

Embarrassed, Mark runs off, but later on turns up at her door. Juliet is watching television with Peter when Mark knocks on the door with giant placards and a CD player in tow.

Many critics have brandished this particular scene as inappropriate as the then 18-year-old Keira was cast as the love interest for two older men.

One critic said: “The Love Actually door sign would be a lovely one if it wasn't so damned creepy.”

Many people have come to see the problem with Mark’s character in recent years.

Beside the fact that he arrives at Juliet’s door uninvited, the fact that he recorded her without her knowing doesn’t sit well with many film fans: “There is a stalker who is romanticised."

Millennial critics called for the movie to be banned from broadcast on television after it was broadcast on BBC One on Boxing Day last year.

Despite this, Love Actually was still shown on many channels and is available to watch on multiple streaming services which led critics to voice their opinions online once again.

Many criticisms were also aimed at another character’s storyline, Martine McCutcheon’s Natalie and Hugh Grant’s David.

Natalie is the butt of many jokes in the office and comments about her weight fly around like nobody’s business.

Some viewers were confused at the film’s continued popularity and one wrote: “Some examples of how they refer to the character played by Martine McCutcheon: 'plumpy', 'the chubby girl', 'sizeable a***' and 'huge thighs’. It's cringy and terrible.”

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