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Tilda Swinton Slams Hollywood For Romanticizing ‘Murderous’ Childbirth

Fri, May 13, 2011 11:49am EDT by 1 Comment

The actress insists movies make mothers feel like failures by portraying labor as glamorous and ‘lovely’.

On the contrary, mom-of-two Tilda Swinton, 50, claims childbirth is a “violent, bloody business.” Is she right?

“In the movies where people have babies and particularly in television films, they are sitting in a hospital bed with flowers everywhere, beautifully made up, they have a baby in their arms and it is all very lovely,” Tilda tells the Daily Mail.

“Anyone who has been in that zone will know it’s a total fiction. It’s a truly, truly murderous business.”

“Giving birth is a violent (thing to go through). It is a bloody business having a family.”

Tilda made her outburst at the Cannes Film Festival, where she’s now promoting her new movie We Need To Talk About Kevin — about a mother’s attempt to bond with her murderous teenage son.

She’s a mom of teenage twins Xavier and Honor — so she should know.

But what do you think HollyMoms? Does Hollywood get it right — or do directors make childbirth look too easy?

— Ian Garland

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