“Black Swan” may be inspiring young women to try eating disorders

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Black Swan is out in select cities and already the Natalie Portman-Mila Kunis-led Darren Aronofsky-directed low-budget drama is a massive hit. In fact, it could be a surprise dark-horse candidate for the Best Picture Oscar, a compromise between the perfect but bland King's Speech and the intense and not Academy-friendly Inception.

All that means that the media and industry backlash begins… now.

The Frisky correctly points out that a movie in which young girls bust their asses to lose weight and stay slim in order to dance is probably going to inspire eating disorders. Then again, this is Darren Aronofsky we're talking about here, the same guy who did Requiem For A Dream… and we all remember how we felt about drugs after seeing its anti-drug ending.

At a site called “Thinspo Me Baby” [a caption reads] “Get your thinspiration from the upcoming movie Black Swan!!!” Another search brought me to… 

Natalie… said, “Darren claims he never said this, but he definitely was like, ‘How thin do you think you can get without being sick?’”

Darren’s memory of this is a little different. He claims, “At a certain point in the middle of the ballet stuff, I thought she was getting way too skinny and I started to make her eat. It started to get scary, and she was starting to look too thin.” [The Frisky]

Have you seen the movie yet? What do you think? (It's out in select cities and will be gaining theaters rapidly.)