With the Oscars upon us tonight, I've been bugged recently by the "controversy" surrounding the movie Juno. The crux of the argument is that as the titular pregnant teen doesn't get an abortion that the movie is thrusting a pro-life agenda down the audiences gullets. This, to put it simply, is ludicrous. And the idea that the movie may miss out on well deserved recognition for Ellen Page and Diablo Cody because of this manufactured controversy is appauling.
Firstly, she does consider an abortion and goes to the clinic only to be turned wigged out by the general disrepair and lackadaisical attitude she finds within. That coupled with scientifically incorrect information that she gets a misinformed protester leads her to have the baby. Not keep the baby like in Knocked Up and Waitress, both of which are also named in this perceived blitz by pro-lifers, but give up the baby to a childless couple.
Which leads to the Crux of my argument. This is a movie ABOUT teen pregnancy. Juno's pregnancy is the main plot point of the entire story. If we apply the argument of the nay-sayers to this year's Goliath favorite There Will Be Blood then we would be complaining about how Plainview was an oilman instead of looking for bio-fuel.
Let writers write a real story. Don't just backlash because realistic characters make a difficult decision.