Screenwriter Diablo Cody, who penned the 2007 hit Juno, now regrets the pro-life message that the movie sends. If you haven’t seen it, Juno, the main character becomes pregnant in high school, goes to have an abortion, then changes her mind after a pro-life activist explains certain aspects of the baby’s development.
The film went on to win an Oscar and was largely praised for its storytelling.
But Cody tells the hosts of the podcast “Keep It!” she never would have written Juno if she thought it would encourage pro-life activism.
“I don’t even know if I would have written a movie like ‘Juno’ if I had known that the world was going to spiral into this hellish alternate reality that we now seem to be stuck in,” Diablo Cody told the hosts.
When co-host Kara Brown asked the screenwriter if she would have Juno get an abortion if she were to “rewrite the film tomorrow,” Cody responded, “I think I probably would have just told a different story in general.”
She goes on to say she’s as “pro-choice as a person can possibly be” and that she didn’t even think about the political ramifications of Juno’s story because she never thought it would get made.
In fact, a Catholic high school sent her a letter thanking her for writing a pro-life film and Cody says receiving that letter was “horrifying.”
According to Vanity Fair, Cody says, “In a way I feel like I had a responsibility to maybe be more explicitly pro-choice, and I wasn’t. Something that’s disturbed me over the years is people perceiving ‘Juno’ as an anti-choice movie.”
Cody hasn’t had a hit movie since Juno, with most of her other films tanking at the box office.