I’d like to talk, if I may, (which I do, since this is my blog) about The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Richard O’Brien musical movie and cult phenomenon.
If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it. While somewhat bizarre, it’s very entertaining with great music, good acting and a cast that includes Richard O’Brien himself, Charles Gray, Susan Sarandon, Brian Bostwick and, of course, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter.
And it is Dr. Frank N. Furter that is the focus of this article.
You see, while I do like the movie, a while back, during the buildup to the recent televised revival, I noticed something pretty troubling about how attached people are to Frank. Terms people use to describe him tend to be along the lines of “Sexy” or “Intriguing”. He’s called “Charming” and “Awesome” or things like that, with people saying how they cried when he died.
Now, that’s troubling enough, but there are people who actually, genuinely consider Frank inspirational.
Which is why I am writing this article. I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify a few things about the good Dr. Furter which people seemingly missed or choose to ignore.
Frank N. Furter is many things. Charming, loveable and especially inspirational are NOT some of them.
I hate to rain on peoples parade, but did you watch the movie? Because if you cried when Frank died, you either didn’t watch the rest of it or you didn’t pay attention.
Want some words to sum up Frank N. Furter? How about “rapist”? How about “murderer” or “cannibal”?
Here’s the thing that people seem to forget about Frank.
HE IS THE VILLAIN OF THE MOVIE!
The man is a complete monster, with virtually no redeeming features, beyond having a lovely singing voice!
Don’t believe me?
Let’s go over, in brief, some of the things he does in the movie.
He creates a sentient being in Rocky, who clearly has his own mind and thoughts, for the express purpose of using him as a sex toy.
He partially lobotomized Eddie, locked him in a freezer and then, when Eddie was released, killed him with an ice axe, either out of jealousy or because Eddie interrupted his song.
He then, not satisfied with having Rocky, the aforementioned sentient sex toy, dresses up as both Brad and Janet, intending to trick them both into having sex with him. You know what that’s called? That’s called attempted RAPE!
Later, we find that he has taken the corpse of Eddie, the man that (need I remind you) he KILLED WITH AN AXE, and had his servants cook it and serve it to his guests for dinner!
Brad, Janet, Columbia, Rocky and Dr. Scott are then all turned into statues he dresses up and seemingly brainwashes to participate in a demented floor show with himself as the star.
And finally, when he is told by his servants that they are taking control of the non-disclosed mission and are returning to their home planet, what does Frank do? He sings the song “I’m Going Home”.
Now, have you actually listened to the song? With all the things I have just described to you, what is the song actually about?
It’s Frank lamenting. Lamenting what, you ask?
Funnily enough, he’s not sad about the things he’s done, the people he’s hurt, the rape, the murder, the cannibalism, the brainwashing, the rape or murder and yes, I know I said those twice, because I need you to understand that Frank tried to RAPE TWO PEOPLE AND KILLED A THIRD! Not to mention that having sex with Rocky is in itself extremely questionable and might constitute as rape, since he’s pretty much brain-damaged and may not actually understand the concept of consent.
There’s also the other, implied murders that were needed to procure parts for Rocky’s creation. After all, those parts have to come from somewhere, and graverobbing is out of the question, if you want fresh, high quality parts.
But no, he doesn’t regret that. Instead, he’s sad he’s CAN’T DO IT ANYMORE! He even goes so far as to imply that he’s just misunderstood, because “Everywhere has been the same”.
Aw, that poor, misunderstood man. He just wanted to be loved, all along… Oh wait, I just remembered.
HE KILLED A MAN WITH AN AXE AND SERVED THE CORPSE AS DINNER!
Do you understand what I’m trying to say? Frank N. Furter is a bona fide sociopath, completely devoid of compassion, remorse or guilt. His death is not tragic, and he’s not a sympathetic character.
Now, just for shits and giggles, let’s take Frank N. Furters character. Remove the singing voice, the apparent wealth, the scientific ingenuity, the mansion and servants.
What are you actually left with?
A sexually confused sociopath with no consideration for other peoples feelings or suffering since, in his mind, everyone around him exist solely for his pleasure, convenience and entertainment and to fulfil his deranged fantasies.
Does that sound at all familiar?
Here, let me make it clearer.
So, please, please for the love of god, don’t idolize Frank N. Furter. He’s not someone to look up to. He’s not a source for inspiration. Find him entertaining, by all means, but remember that he is, fundamentally, an absolutely horrible creature.
And yes, I know that comparing him to Buffalo Bill isn’t completely fair.
After all, Buffalo Bill didn’t rape any of his victims…