Diablo Cody is horrified ‘Juno’ is seen as anti-abortion amid Roe

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Cody also spoke about her own “religious trauma” while writing a teenage pregnancy story for Juno in 2007.

Academy Award winner Diablo Cody reflects on the legacy of teen pregnancy drama Juno.

The 2007 breakout film won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and received Picture and Acting nominations for lead actor Elliot Page. But later discourse focused on the film as an anti-choice for women’s reproductive rights after Juno (Page) balks at an abortion clinic when she sees protesters.

Now, amid the fall of the Roe v. Wade, don’t shut up Cody.

“I am strongly pro-election and have been all my life. And it’s important for me to get that straight,” Cody told The Hollywood Reporter. “But you know, I can understand why people would misunderstand the film. Looking back at it, I can see how it might be perceived as anti-choice. And that scares me.”

She continued, “Looking back at the time I was writing the screenplay, I’m nostalgic because it never occurred to me at the time that my reproductive rights might be in jeopardy. If someone had told me then, as a carefree, younger, third-wave feminist, that Roe v. Wade would be overthrown in 2022, I would have been horrified and assumed we were heading into some kind of unimaginable dystopia, and maybe I would have been right. But at the time it just seemed impossible. I took Roe for granted, and many of us did. I just created something; I never intended the film to be a political statement. I can’t imagine being that innocent again.”

Cody added that she didn’t “remember anyone worrying that it was provocative or anything” when it came to the script and that at the time she was just “writing from the gut what.” could be unfortunate”.

But the immediate reception had other levels of interpretation.

“In 2008, I received a letter from an administrator at my Catholic high school thanking me for writing a film that reflected the school’s values. And I was like, what have I done?” said Cody. “My goal as an artist is to be a traitor to this culture, not to uplift it.”

She admitted: “I didn’t have much clarity at the time because overnight I had been thrust into this surreal reality of being a public figure, which wasn’t something I anticipated. It was frankly traumatic – and my head was so far up my own ass – that I wasn’t particularly aware of the cultural dialogue surrounding the film.”

Cody shared that as a teenager, her religious upbringing made her “squeamish about the physical reality of the abortion procedure.”

“I thought it sounded scary, which isn’t surprising considering I was bombarded with bloody, misleading, anti-abortion propaganda at school,” said the Tully screenwriter. “That reflects in the film: she goes to the abortion clinic, she’s kind of freaking out (which I realistically would have done at that age, especially given all the religious trauma I was processing at the time). I’m no longer afraid of abortion; I have one now. And it was a hell of a lot less scary than childbirth. But the film reflects how I felt as a young woman.”

For Cody, “Juno” is more about the “metamorphosis” of his eponymous teenager.

“It felt like an appropriate coming-of-age metaphor, so I don’t regret writing the film,” Cody summarized. “I think it’s important that I continue to get my feelings straight about this because the last thing I would ever want is for anyone to interpret the film as anti-choice. That’s huge paranoia on my part.”

She remarked, “I’ve never really thought about seeing the film again – it kind of feels like something that should be kept in amber. But I’d rather have that account out there than [my] Silence is misinterpreted.”

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