L.A. activists hit ‘Helena’ with protests

The Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s Action Coalition is protesting the film “Boxing Helena” and its advertising campaign for allegedly glamorizing violence against women.

The international organization, established 18 months ago to fight for women’s equality, has been faxing protest letters to executives at major film studios, and planned to demonstrate at the film’s premiere at the Music Hall Theatre last night.

Executives at Orion Classics, which is releasing the picture, could not be reached for comment.

The movie is about a woman who is stalked and held captive by a young doctor, who amputates her arms and legs in order to force her to depend on him for survival. The bus bench advertising campaign features Julian Sands on top of a box encasing Sherilyn Fenn, clad in an opaque sheet.

“The film is very dangerous, because it shows what purports to be love,” said WAC spokeswoman Becky McSpadden, who viewed the pic earlier this summer. “But cutting off arms and legs is not love. There’s plenty of evidence to show that violence on the screen glamorizes violence.”

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