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Does Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic let the band off the #MeToo hook?

(L-R) Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee of Rock Band Motley Crue attend the Premiere Of Netflix's "The Dirt" at ArcLight Hollywood on March 18, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

A new Netflix biopic about Mötley Crüe portrays the ‘80s metal band as an icon of hedonistic rock culture while glossing over incidents of abusive behavior towards women, say critics.

The Dirt, which is co-produced by Mötley Crüe and adapted from the band’s 2001 biography of the same name, does include scenes of violence against women, such as drummer Tommy Lee punching his first fiancée in the face.

But the 2001 biography offers more details about the band members routinely cheating on and verbally abusing their wives and girlfriends. Perhaps the most disturbing scene in the book describes band member Nikki Sixx admitting he “pretty much” raped a drunk woman in a cupboard before sending in Lee to do the same.

Since the #MeToo moment began, Sixx has disavowed the story of the rape, claiming that “it’s possibly greatly embellished or [I] made it up.” But some of the band’s misconduct was too brazen for even rock stars to get away with. In 1998, Lee was jailed for assaulting his then-wife Pamela Anderson. And in 2016, lead singer Vince Neil pled guilty to assaulting a woman.

According to The Atlantic’s Spencer Kornhaber, Mötley Crüe’s own admissions describe a decades-long pattern of abusive behavior toward women. Perhaps, he argues, it’s time musicians stop getting a pass — let alone praise — for their destructive behaviors.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.

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