While movies may mostly present a fictional universe, the tales are steeped in a reality we live with. Which is why when toxic ideologies are promoted in movies, it leaves an effect on our real life as well.
Something that Twitter user Neha pointed out in a thread on abusive relationships. She talked about how her ex-boyfriend would hurt himself and harass her, all because he could not accept that they broke up.
Shoutout to the ex who sent me pictures of his injured head because he banged it against a wall as I wasn’t answering his calls. I had 45 missed calls. Why do men torture women they can’t get? You wanna hurt yourself? Go ahead. Self destruct. Just leave us alone.— NRK (@PWNeha) June 23, 2019
She clearly states that while movies may have led him – and other people like him – to believe that this was ‘love’, it actually wasn’t. Because making someone feel ‘guilty ‘ for your pain is not an expression of love but rather a case for help.
If you have to make someone feel guilty for your “pain” because she dumped you, get some help. Maybe movies taught you that this is love. It isn’t. You are not capable of love right now.— NRK (@PWNeha) June 23, 2019
Her post is a perfect example of the consequences of glorifying problematic behaviour, like stalking, harassment, and toxic masculinity, in the name of ‘love’.