Monday, February 21, 2011

Amanda Knox case will last a "Lifetime"

I must admit, I can't remember the last time I watched Lifetime, but tonight, I will. Hayden Panettiere, who I have always had a genuine respect respect for, is playing Amanda Knox in a made for TV movie. Ironic that this movie is playing on Lifetime tonight at 9pm, because honestly, this case has lasted a lifetime.

For those who do not know about the Amanda Knox case, it dates back to November 1st, 2007, when English student, Meredith Kercher was brutally murdered in Perugia, Italy. At the time, 20-year-old Amanda Knox and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the crime, but to this day, no one knows what really happened.

The Lifetime portrayal of the murder has stirred up a lot of controversy, and is under serious scrutiny, even facing lawsuits from the attorneys and families of those involved.

According to, "She was so amazingly shocked by [the trailer for the movie]," Knox's stepfather Chris Mellas recently told ABC News. "She said she literally started hyperventilating. She felt like she was going to throw up."

Ok relax with the dramatic reaction. What she should be hyperventilating about is whether she's going to get the lethal injection or not.

The only reason why I can see where this can pose a problem is the fact that some people may take a "made for TV movie" as factual. People may not realize that this film is made to get viewers and entertain, so all of the scenes are NOT factual.

However, the same idea goes for the critics, this is a MADE FOR TV movie, not a documentary.

In addition, this controversy is probably the best thing that could have happened to Lifetime, because any press is good press, and they are getting A LOT of it. Younger folks like me will be tuning in to see what all the hype is about. Even though they supposedly deleted the murder scene to comply with those who complained and saw it as disgraceful, I would still like to watch.