In “Diablo Cody got me pregnant,” Manhattan Monarch wrote today:
The conclusion is unanimous: the supposed pregnancy pact fulfilled by over a half-dozen teenagers in Gloucester, MA is a result of their enjoying the Cody-penned teen pregnancy comedy, Juno. It’s funny to hear the same folks that praised Jason Reitman’s indie hit for its implicit pro-life message now bashing it just as fervently as a brainwasher of innocent children’s minds.…
This brings me to the real topic of this post, the top five reasons Diablo Cody didn’t get your child pregnant:
1. Juno in no ways “glamorizes pregnancy.” While the protagonist herself is hip beyond imagination (she has a hamburger phone!), it’s clear that she goes through an extremely emotional ordeal in choosing to go through with her pregnancy. There are no glamorous shots of her holding her child, no instances where she seems happy about the fact that she is pregnant itself, and certainly no high-fives from friends who made a pact that they’d get pregnant together so that they could buy matching strollers in school colors.
2. Juno doesn’t keep or even interact with her baby. The adult woman with a home and a secure job is shown as the ideal parent in the end.
3. Even adult parenthood isn’t glamorized. The relationship between Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman is torn apart because, even with all of their financial resources, they weren’t ready to handle raising a child together.
4. The pregnancy in the film is unplanned. Michael Cera wasn’t looking for an heir….
I agree with MM on her 4 points listed, but hold everything. It isn’t the Right connecting the Gloucester girls to Juno. That attempt was first made by “some adults” in the original Time article, or by Time itself trying to promote the concept, since it didn’t name names.
Poignant point from
Completely baffled, officials turned to the only feasible explanation: Blame… Juno… Of course! The ridiculous rise in pregnancies had to do with Juno – a film that made teen pregnancy look about as comfortable and enjoyable as stuffing yourself in a piece of old luggage and rolling down a mountain. There’s the answer!…
Instead of looking around at a town that was falling apart economically and emotionally, they blamed the quirky comedy because kids liked it. Here’s an idea: Next time, how about you look at what kids don’t like. They don’t like to feel neglected, like they’re worthless or not important. They like to feel needed, they like to feel wanted and they like to feel loved.
Newbusters nailed the real culprits promoting the “Juno effect”: “Liberals [who] can’t seem to allow an alternative point of view to emerge on abortion”:
Time is attempting to blame movies that didn’t tout abortion. On its home page for this week’s magazine, Time’s blurb reads: “Postcard Gloucester: A MA fishing town tries to understand why so many of its teenagers made a pact to get pregnant. How one school is grappling with the Juno effect”….
Kathleen Kingsbury… begins by dragging in Juno and Knocked Up as a scapegoat for an anonymous gang of “some” in the town….
Time should know “some” people saw these movies and didn’t see “glamorized” pregnancies, simply young women choosing to keep a baby.
Liberals can’t seem to allow an alternative point of view to emerge on abortion. Neither of these movies did any lobbying, suggesting that politicians should pass laws to protect the unborn. They simply showed likable women choosing to carry their babies to term. Liberals say they’re “pro-choice,” but they can’t stand watching another choice made in a movie.
The abortion industry has always hated Juno and are now doing their best to damage it while taking the spotlight off themselves and their idiotic worldview that led the Gloucester girls down their pregnant path in the first place.