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When mothering turns monstrous

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When mothering turns monstrous

"The Act" received a 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes by critics and a 93 percent by audience members.

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"The Act" received a 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes by critics and a 93 percent by audience members.

Official Film Poster

Official Film Poster

"The Act" received a 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes by critics and a 93 percent by audience members.

Lauren Bickett, Staff Writer

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Hulu’s original TV series recreates the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee and the events that led up to the murder of her mother, called “The Act”. Dee Dee was the caring mother nurturing her sick child back to health and therefore preventing her from living a normal life. When Dee Dee turns up dead in her own home, lies start to unravel and the caring mother seen in the public eye evolves into the true psychopathic liar with a daughter who never identified with any illness. Originally investigated by journalist Michelle Dean, this story plays along to the tagline, “nothing is as it seems.”

The show has a sinister feeling to it, behind the pastel pinks, the stuffed animals and the sweet talk, the show is hard to watch knowing that it was all a lie fabricated by an attention-hungry mother. Although Dee Dee’s motives are not made clear thus far in the series mental health is mentioned and is one of the possible reasons as too she would go as far as put her own child in suffrage to her benefit.

Patricia Arquette and Joey King are the actresses behind the mother-daughter duo.

“It’s nitty-gritty, it is really disturbing and it is really uncomfortable because the story is uncomfortable. What happened is so uncomfortable and I’m really hyper-aware of just trying to dive into Gypsy’s role as much as I can “ said King in an interview with Teen Vogue.

The story is uncomfortable due to the fact that if you are watching it you have heard the true story and you know that it takes a turn from a friendly mother-daughter dynamic to a sick abusive relationship in just a few episodes.

If you are like me and have to leave the room when the tension rises, this is not the best series for that. While watching the first few episodes on Hulu, I felt sick to my stomach when watching the two be on screen together. I had so many questions and in the back of my head I was asking myself, How could someone do this to their own child? As a veteran dateline watcher, the case involving Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter is a classic chilling murder mystery that you wouldn’t see coming, As for Ms. Blanchard,  Let’s just say she at least got her act together.

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Lauren Bickett, Staff Writer

Lauren Bickett is a sophomore at LHS and a first-year writer for the Statesman. Outside of school, you will often find her curled up with a suspenseful...

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