Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, who plays Laurie Strode, went on The View to compare the film to the recent Brett Kavanaugh accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford.
Curtis begins to make the comparison stating:
“The movie is about trauma. Because, what happened to Laurie Strode when she was 17 — it is fiction. I want everyone to understand that I’m not saying that this happened to me. But it happened to Laurie Strode in the movies and here we are having a conversation, a global conversation about trauma and what effect that kind of trauma has on a person. And you guys talked about it earlier about someone have it affect them their whole life. Christine Ford said this affected her. Heidi, this affected me. So what happened to Laurie Strode – 1978 on October 31st was carried forward, and was carried forward with trauma.”
Curtis continues to make the comparison:
“And the heroine of Halloween is a woman who suffered a trauma when she was 17 like Dr. Ford when she was 17. And it changed and shaped her life and now she is taking back the power which is what all of these brave women have done. And men.”
While Laurie Strode’s character in the Halloween film did actually suffer trauma, Christine Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh have been called into question. A number of witnesses she identified that could corroborate her story in fact, rejected her claims. Patrick J. Smyth would inform the Senate Judiciary Committee:
“I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”
Not only did numerous people deny Ford’s account, but she couldn’t even get her own story straight. USA Today notes, “Ford’s testimony that the assault occurred in the summer of 1982, when just 15, conflicted with both her therapist’s notes and the text message Ford sent to the Washington Post.” They also note, “Ford’s retelling of the alleged sexual assault also included several conflicting accounts of the number of individuals at the gathering.” She also changed the details of the home where she claims the abuse occured, “Finally, Ford altered her description of the interior layout of the home and the details of the party and her escape.”
After Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate, news broke that Ford would not be pursuing her allegations against Kavanaugh.
Curtis might have been better to compare Kavanaugh to Laurie Strode, because Ford’s accusations definitely appear to have put him and his family through trauma.
Curtis has previously called the upcoming Halloween film a #MeToo moviem in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“Well, I do not believe that when David and Danny and Jeff were writing this, they were looking at it as a way of incorporating the #MeToo movement into this retelling or revisiting of this story. I think it is the natural occurrence of a zeitgeist, of a change, of a shift in thought and action which comes from these moments of tremendous cultural change.”
“Clearly this movie will be another voice in that same chorus of women taking back their stories, saying, ‘We are not that story, we have arrived, and we will be the ones that write our own stories,’ and that only comes from the bravery of a few. This movie will be a part of that wave. I didn’t realize it until we were making it, and I realized what Laurie was doing, and that’s very powerful.”
What do you make of Curtis’ attempt to liken the new Halloween film to Christine Ford?