This Non-Consensual Rape Scene Was Planned — and It’s Not Okay

“I didn’t tell her what was going on. Because I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress. I wanted her to react humiliated.”

This director, Bernardo Bertolucci, admitted to planning a non-consensual rape scene. Because he really “wanted her to react humiliated.” Maria Schneider was 19. Marlon Brando was 48.

What…the…fuck.

Brando was a Hollywood star at the time that they were filming ‘Last Tango in Paris’. Schneider was still an unknown French actress.

Bertolucci talks openly about the scene in a cringe-worthy 2013 interview — without even a hint of remorse. He describes how Maria wouldn’t speak to him after finishing the film, “because she was hating me.”

Yeah. We can imagine she might.

He also expressed zero regret for what he did. “I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress.” Actually, that’s not how it works. You’re not entitled to that reaction.

The film was shot in 1972, but this interview happened in 2013. This stuff’s been floating around for years…why did it take us so long to speak on this?

In 2007, Maria explains that “during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I was crying real tears.” No one apologized to the actress afterwards.

“Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie” megastar Marlon told her, implying that her feelings are encroaching on ridiculous.

This is important because, sadly, it’s an all-too-common way of dealing with victims after an assault — invalidating their pain while planting doubts about their sanity.

The fact that we’re allotting it our attention now, though a seriously delayed reaction, is a positive sign. We’re speaking up about this shit. We will no longer stand for any kind of mistreatment of women. Consent is in no way optional and what happened to Maria Schneider is in no way okay.

This article was written by Michelle Shnaidman and originally posted on Instagram.