Arts & Culture

Female Filmmakers Challenge GOP Policy On Reproductive Rights With “Trumped”

By Tina Mulqueen

Of course, when the parties are at war with themselves, the meaningful discourse breaks down. Perhaps there’s no better example of this than with the right-wing hypocrisy surrounding healthcare – particularly women’s.

That is, the platform dedicated to deregulation in all aspects of political life wants to regulate a woman’s uterus.

Following the typical Republican mantra, the GOP preamble accuses, “The President and the Democratic party have dismantled Americans’ system of healthcare. They have replaced it with a costly and complicated scheme that limits choices and takes away our freedom.”

Yet, the Republican Party lobbies to take away the very freedoms that are fundamental to their platform when they criminalize a woman’s choice. Donald Trump has asserted there should be “some sort of punishment” for women who seek abortions. Mike Pence pushed a law in Indiana that bans abortion for disabled fetuses and forces women who’ve had abortions or miscarriages to arrange for burials or cremations. Notorious for her brand of anti-feminism, veiled by self-proclaimed feminism, Sarah Palin has stated that she does not support abortion, even in cases of rape.

This policy contradiction did not escape Lara Everly, a filmmaker who was inspired to create a video to protect reproductive rights. The video stars politically passionate actress Mimi Kennedy (Midnight in Paris), who plays a gynecologist tasked with diagnosing a young woman, played by Everly, with a reproductive system that has been taken hostage by conservative Republicans.

“The surrealist comedy is ​set in a future where Trump is elected President,” says Everly. “Even though we shot this before the locker room talk leak, I’m calling this my ‘pussy grabs back’ response, as it literally explores what would happen if Trump grabbed your pussy and wound up all the way inside your uterus. The video is my feminist fight club call to arms to vote and protect the freedom of our lady parts.”

The video was released last week on Refinery29’s comedy channel, Riot.

And it would be funny…if only it wasn’t so terrifying.

Originally published on Huffington Post on November 6, 2016.

Tina Mulqueen

Tina Mulqueen is the founder and managing editor of Et al. Media and the CEO of Kindred PR, a full service marketing and public relations company devoted to representing socially responsible brands in entertainment, media, retail and technology. A sought after tech communicator, non-profit founder, and avid advocate for women in tech, Mulqueen is a writer with a regular column on Forbes, and has been seen in INC, Adweek, TheStreet, Today, Huffington Post and Thrive Global, among other publications and media outlets. She's worked alongside CBS and Vanity Fair to get news coverage to trend online, and consulted with Marie Claire and other media companies on creating new revenue streams through influencer and affiliate collaborations.