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‘The End of the F—ing World’ as a Voice of #MeToo

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This post contains spoilers for both seasons of The End of the F***ing World.

This week, Roman Polanski’s name hit the headlines for two very different reasons. The director, who has already been convicted of child rape, was accused of assault by French actress Valentine Monnier. From her letter to French newspaper Le Parisien, Monnier detailed the ‘extremely violent’ rape she faced from Polanski in 1975, when she was just 18. In the same week, the director was lauded with the most nominations at the European Film Awards.

In light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, those nominations feel like a huge step back.

It’s been over two years since the #MeToo hashtag started trending on Twitter. The phrase became a movement, which encouraged women to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault. Early in 2018, while #MeToo was at its peak and Hollywood’s similar #TimesUp movement had just begun, Netflix released the first season of The End of the F***ing World.

The British television program is scripted by Charlie Covell and based on the comic series by Charles Forsman of the same name. At its core, The End of the F***ing World is a dark-humored coming-of-age television series about teenagers James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), who have endured through traumatic........

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