Molly Ringwald Says Breakfast Club Character Was Sexually Harassed


Molly Ringwald has opened up about the sexist undertones of her biggest movies in a new essay for The New Yorker. "As I can see now, Bender sexually harasses Claire throughout the film,” the 50-year-old Ringwald writes about the characters played by herself and co-star Judd Nelson in the 1985 classic The Breakfast Club. “When he’s not sexualizing her, he takes out his rage on her with vicious contempt, calling her ‘pathetic,’ mocking her as ‘Queenie.’ It’s rejection that inspires his vitriol...He never apologizes for any of it, but, nevertheless, he gets the girl in the end." She adds that she was inspired to re-examine the movies she made with teen-angst auteur John Hughes while watching The Breakfast Club with her daughter.

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