Netflix is no stranger to creating controversial shows. The platform received huge amounts of backlash earlier this year following the release of ’13 Reasons Why’ and it looks they’re in murky waters once again with yet another triggering production.
Last week, the streaming service released a brand new movie called ‘To The Bone’. The film stars Lily Collins and follows 20-year-old Ellen’s journey through eating disorder recovery programs.
As you can see from the trailer, ‘To the Bone’ is packed with hard-hitting scenes and emotionally-charged moments. Ellen’s story isn’t an easy watch and many people are upset with the way it portrays eating disorders and body image issues.
A lot of teens say the film is too triggering, whilst others say it romanticises eating disorders.
To the bone is an awful movie.. I tried to give it a chance but the eating disorders are soooo fucking romanticized I’m sick
— baby spice (@loganmarie02) 21 July 2017
Honestly, who thought that To The Bone would just raise awareness rather than be triggering and dangerous for ED sufferers/survivors?
— Isla ✨ (@islarosem) 14 July 2017
to the bone is extremely triggering, if you get triggered at all do not watch it!!
— amanda//18 (@cakefacetana) 20 July 2017
to the bone wasn’t that triggering to me but I thought the way they showed recovery was too lighthearted u know it was a bit “is that it?”
— (@losingmybody) 14 July 2017
watched the first 5 minutes of To The Bone just to have an actual basis on what its like, and that shits too real and triggering. be careful
— Gail (@neatokiddo) 21 July 2017
‘To The Bone’ looks like one of the most triggering films ever made, when are people going to stop glamourising mental health issues
— tin foil bitch (@itscecils_) 10 July 2017
Please do not watch To The Bone if you suffer/ed with an ED or MH. Romanticising piece of bullshit that can be very triggering.
— Carmen (@carmentyrrell) 21 July 2017
#ToTheBone is basically a stereotypical-tumblr-proana-affluent-white-shitstorm in my opinion
— ems (@vanillacapp) 14 July 2017
just watched to the bone and its disgusting that Netflix are going to make money of unrealistically romanticising eating disorders im out
— k (@greenwxeyes) 19 July 2017
— moon child (@stuckinbetween_) 14 July 2017
i refuse to watch things like to the bone and 13 reasons why, romanticising suicide, ED and depression isn’t cute or entertaining
— ♏️hols♏️ (@hollyhardyy_) 19 July 2017
The UK’s leading eating disorder charity B-eat has also spoken out against the film. They recently posted a video on their YouTube channel.
In the clip, B-eat label ‘To The Bone’ a ‘fictional dramatised story where Hollywood actors and models portray the characters’.
The actress who plays Ellen (Lily Collins) has recently responded to the backlash. She revealed in an interview with Access Hollywood that she’s struggled with an eating disorder and body image issues in the past.
“I, nor Marti [Noxon, the director], nor anyone on the cast, would ever set out to make a film that would glamorize or encourage a disorder that I or Marti personally went through that was so negative. And so coming from that place, we just want to start a conversation and we look forward to people seeing the actual film.”
Plenty of fans are agreeing with Lily. They’re calling the film informative and praise it for highlighting an important Gen Z issue that doesn’t get talked about enough in the media.
Many are saying that the film does show an accurate portrayal of EDs and stress that recovery IS possible.
— (@childish_lean) 14 July 2017
— Kari MusPleine2Puces (@KariXxl) 23 July 2017
— Kelsey M. (@kelseywithalisp) 23 July 2017
— Donica Rose ♔ (@donisparkles) 23 July 2017
— B. (@imprettyfab) 23 July 2017
#ToTheBone anyone who isn’t easily triggered the amount of insight u can get from that film is phenomenal, what a devestating illness
— IsabellaOsbon (@izzieosbon) 14 July 2017
• #ToTheBone movie:
– showcasing anorexia.
– triggering and detailed.
– realistic and emotional.
– showcases that recovery is possible.
— ˗ˏˋPOSIˊˎ˗ (@posiviibes) 15 July 2017
— wildfire (@lightweight_dll) 14 July 2017
We’d like to know what you think. Is ‘To The Bone’ too triggering? Does it romanticise eating disorders? Let us know by leaving a comment below.