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‘Not interested in the truth’: Phyllis Schlafly’s daughter blasts ‘Mrs. America’ as feminist hit job

Anne Schlafly Cori adored her dad and mom, Fred and Phyllis Schlafly, which is why she is appalled by “Mrs. America.”

The FX on Hulu miniseries, beginning Wednesday, offers what Mrs. Cori describes as a skewed, inaccurate portrayal of her mom, the conservative activist who introduced down the Equal Rights Amendment, and an excellent worse depiction of her father, who’s reportedly accused of raping her mom.

“I haven’t seen it, but I’ve talked to two reporters who have seen it. Both of them told me that my father rapes my mother in the show,” Mrs. Cori informed The Washington Times. “Which is pretty personal.”

The April 6 evaluation in Vanity Fair backs it up: “We watch as her husband Fred (John Slattery) insists upon having sex with her, over her protestations.” The Baltimore Sun reported that the scene exhibits him “forcing himself sexually on her after she’s had a long and frustrating day.”

That scene bears no recognition to the dad and mom she knew, mentioned Mrs. Cori. She added that the present’s previews give a “horrific misrepresentation” of her mom and referred to as the marital rape scene “a falsehood and a slur against my father.”

“There was nobody more supportive of my mother than my father,” mentioned Mrs. Cori. “She could not have done what she did without his full support. My father liked to quip, ‘I regret that I have but one wife to give to my country.’”

Mrs. Cori, the youngest of the six Schlafly youngsters, grew up in Alton, Illinois. She mentioned her bed room was subsequent to her dad and mom’ room.

“My parents were married for 43 years. They had a loving relationship,” she mentioned. “They were in love, and both of them treated each other with the utmost respect. They were both devout Roman Catholics, and they believed in marriage as a sacrament.”

There is not any query that Mrs. Schlafly was a divisive determine. The strong-willed author, lawyer and mom of six took on the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972 because it sailed towards affirmation and stopped it in its tracks, defeating the feminist motion along with her unlikely grassroots military of stay-at-home mothers.

By all accounts, “Mrs. America” portrays Mrs. Schlafly as a power-hungry, politically bold ice queen who refused to use the identical conventional requirements she espoused to her personal high-profile life, in addition to a sufferer of the Republican patriarchy and her personal husband.

None of that’s true, mentioned Mrs. Cori, however the producers “were not interested in getting the truth.”

“I believe they had already planned what the agenda of their show was, and they didn’t want anything to detract, like the truth,” she mentioned.

Conservatives who knew Mrs. Schlafly even have decried the depiction. In a Washington Examiner op-ed, Mrs. Schlafly’s niece Suzanne Venker mentioned the “caricature of Schlafly is pure propaganda.”

Colleen Holmes Holcomb, who served for six years as government director of the Schlafly-founded Eagle Forum, referred to as the present a “shockingly dishonest” effort to revive assist for the ERA by denigrating its largest foe.

“We’ve clearly done quite well without [the ERA],” Mrs. Holcomb mentioned. “Why are we trying to settle an old score to advance an amendment that was soundly rejected and has proved to be completely unnecessary?”

The cause for the marital rape scene is unclear, however Mrs. Schlafly got here beneath fireplace in 2007 for saying at Bates College, “By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape,” as recounted by People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch.

Asked in regards to the assertion in 2008, Mrs. Schlafly mentioned, “I think that when you get married, you have consented to sex. That’s what marriage is all about. I don’t know if maybe these girls missed sex ed. That doesn’t mean the husband can beat you up. We have plenty of laws against assault and battery.”

Mrs. Holcomb by no means met Mr. Schlafly, who died earlier than she started working for the Eagle Forum in 2008, however mentioned that “any time you brought up her husband, she was just overcome.”

“She adored him, and from everything I’ve heard, he adored her and was a huge advocate for her,” mentioned Mrs. Holcomb, now a lawyer in Newport News, Virginia.

Mrs. Schlafly ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1952 in a Democratic-controlled district, however Mrs. Holcomb recounted that she wasn’t the Republican Party’s first selection.

“The Republicans initially approached Fred, and he said, ‘I don’t want to do it, but you should get Phyllis to do it.’ In 1952! And she had a young child,” mentioned Mrs. Holcomb. “So this was not someone who was hindered or held back by her husband in any regard.”

She described Mrs. Schlafly as “very funny, very personable,” in distinction to Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of her as “cold and calculating.”

“She would often say — and it was a joke because it made the feminists so mad — I would like to thank my husband for letting me be there,” mentioned Mrs. Holcomb. “That’s another thing we’ve been told: that Phyllis has been portrayed as cold and calculating. Anybody who knew her knew she was not cold or calculating.”

Mrs. Cori, now head of the Eagle Forum, mentioned she tried to contact the producers with out success. The nine-part miniseries was produced by Tracey Ullman, who performs feminist Betty Friedan, in addition to Niecy Nash and Dahvi Waller.

Ms. Waller insisted that she and Miss Blanchett tried to “put judgment aside” in portraying Mrs. Schlafly and that it’s “a great challenge for every writer to write a character who’s so different from them.”

“I think there will always be people who say, ‘She’s the Antichrist. I don’t want to watch her. I don’t want to feel anything for her,’ and that’s totally fine and totally defensible,” Ms. Waller informed Vanity Fair. “But I don’t think we do ourselves any favors by painting the people who don’t agree with us as monsters. It makes us feel better, but I don’t think we ultimately gain any knowledge from that.”

Miss Blanchett’s doppelganger efficiency has been practically universally praised. Critics gave the collection a 95% contemporary ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, however Mrs. Cori mentioned no person who knew Mrs. Schlafly would acknowledge the characterization.

“She got the hair and makeup and clothing right, but she missed the essential nature of my mother, which was her warmth,” Mrs. Cori mentioned.

Another scene, by which Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona belittles Mrs. Schlafly, is “totally fiction,” Mrs. Cori mentioned.

Then there may be the portrayal of her aunt. In its evaluation, Vanity Fair mentioned, “If anyone needs the women’s movement, it’s Phyllis, who chafes at domestic tasks, leaves her children’s upkeep to her unmarried sister-in-law (Jeanne Tripplehorn), and seethes with political ambition.”

“There’s another person who’s slammed in this show, and that’s my aunt Eleanor, who was a vivacious, strong woman who ran her own organization,” Mrs. Cori mentioned. “I understand that she’s portrayed as this unhappy wallflower, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

Mrs. Schlafly died at age 92 in 2016 and was “perfectly happy to respond to any criticism ever leveled against her,” Mrs. Cori mentioned.

“But to wait until after she’s dead to level this criticism doesn’t give her the opportunity to respond to it,” Mrs. Cori mentioned. “And it isn’t just my mother who’s misrepresented. It really is a slam on my honorable father, and of course these people they’re slamming are all dead. They’re not here to defend themselves.”

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