Sunday, March 06, 2005

Million Dollar Bully

I noticed Million Dollar Baby when it first came out, but didn't see it. I like Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood, but I don't like female boxing. All I've ever seen of professional female boxing is a ten-second clip in a commercial for a fight, and it was one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen. Two women with blood all over their faces pounding each other...call me a wimp, call me squeamish, call me whatever you want, but that's not something I want to see. I don't even like watching male boxing. But when MDB won the Academy Award for Best Picture, I decided to go see it. But I stumbled across this article at the Washington Monthly with the title "Battered Women: Female boxing is brutal and hopeless." I know nothing about pro women's boxing, so I can't judge the quality or accuracy of it at all, but it does confirm something I suspect - female boxing is glorified catfighting, and Million Dollar Baby just puts a pretty bow on it. So I think I'll skip it. Either that or just rent Girlfight. Michelle Rodriguez is pretty hot.

1 comment:

Mauricem said...

That is a fascinating article. I never really knew what female boxing was like. I assumed it was like the NBA, but with boxing. Instead it's more like backyard wrestling.
It's sad that the movie industry would try to glorify this sport, but it's not that surprising. I was reading an article that was saying they hope that the reality show "The Contender" revitalizes boxing, because it's on the decline.