BY BETSY COLE
EDITED BY HEIDI HORNBACHER
ARTWORK BY LAURA CHALAND
How mental illness is portrayed in the media. Mental illness portrayed within the role of a serial killer and how inaccurate it is that mental illness should be a factor within serial killers.
Anthony Hopkins did win last year in ‘The Father’--while Will Smith won this year, Chris Rock made one joke about his wife and G.I Jane without knowing that Jada had alepicia and he got socked in the mouth. Wow, that’s an over-reaction if there ever was one, and Will Smith’s psyche should be questioned maybe about IED (Intermittenet Explosive Disorder) but as I always say that’s another rant for another day. Anthony Hopkins won for playing a man with dementia, which is regarded as a mental illness but it’s actually a degenerative illness with side effects that dip into mental illness. Why didn’t someone else get the award? Anthony Hopkins' last Oscar was for his infamous role as Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs, a psychotic killer. The portayal of mental illness within the role of a serial killer. And how Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs), Norman Bates (Psycho) and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) are based on one man, Ed Gein. Is this a trend? Will real life situations always inspire stories, no matter how macabre?
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