US actress Molly Ringwald, who starred as a teen in cult 1985 high school drama The Breakfast Club, has admitted she finds some of the scenes hard to watch now.
The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes, was a critical and commercial hit. It tells the story of five very different teens forced to spend Saturday in detention together.
Ringwald, now 50, said one particular scene from the film nagged at her "after a number of women came forward with sexual assault accusations against the producer Harvey Weinstein, and the #MeToo movement gathered steam". "At one point in the film," Ringwald writes, "the bad-boy character, John Bender, ducks under the table where my character, Claire, is sitting, to hide from a teacher. While there, he takes the opportunity to peek under Claire's skirt and, though the audience doesn't see, it is implied that he touches her inappropriately."
She notes that as a teenager, she was only "vaguely aware of how inappropriate much of John's writing was". "It's hard for me to understand how John was able to write with so much sensitivity, and also have such a glaring blind spot," Ringwald writes of Hughes.
BBC News - 7th April 2018