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We need to talk about childbirth - it's murder, says Tilda Swinton

Star of We Need To Talk About Kevin stokes controversy by claiming childbirth is “violent” and “murderous”.

Tilda Swinton arrives at the premiere of We Need To Talk About Kevin, part of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, Palais De Festival, Cannes
Tilda Swinton arrives at the premiere of We Need To Talk About Kevin, part of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, Palais De Festival, Cannes
Image: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

ACTRESS TILDA Swinton has set out to debunk one of Hollywood’s most pervasive myths – that childbirth is a fragrant, glamourous and universally fulfilling experience, in which the participants rarely smudge their lipstick…let alone break a sweat.

The star of We Need to Talk About Kevin tells the Telegraph:

In movies, and particularly in television films, when people have babies they are sitting in a hospital room and there are flowers everywhere. They are made up, magically, and they have a baby in their arms and it’s all really lovely. They start getting pink baby clothes.

In fact, the 50-year-old mother of teenage twins says, childbirth is “a truly murderous business … it’s violent.”

Do you agree with Swinton? Is Hollywood engaged in a conspiracy to cover up the gruesome and terrifying truth about childbirth? Or is describing it as “murderous” and “violent” taking things a tad too far?


Poll Results:

She's totally overstating it (177)
Swinton's right: childbirth's the last taboo (171)
Don't know and intend never to find out (95)



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Jennifer O'Connell

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