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The heirs of Aldo Gucci have released a letter criticising the portrayal of their family in Ridley Scott’s new film House Of Gucci.
These Gucci family members, who ran the fashion empire until the mid-1980s, took issue with their family being portrayed as 'thugs' that were 'ignorant and insensitive to the world around them'.
Scott’s film, inspired by the Gucci family history and based on the non-fiction book The House of Gucci: A Sensation Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed, was taken to heart by the family who stated that 'this is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy which the brand is built today'.
On their entitlements, they said that 'the Gucci family reserve the right to take every initiative to protect their name and image, and those of their loved ones'.
The detailed letter also specifically takes aim at Lady Gaga’s depiction of Patrizia Reggiani, a woman who (spoilers!) who was convicted for hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband- played by Adam Driver.
Aldo Gucci’s heirs commented that Scott’s film portrays Reggiani as 'a victim trying to survive in a male and male chauvinistic corporate culture'.
According to the Gucci family, this 'couldn’t be further from the truth' as in the 1980s Gucci was an 'inclusive company'.
Gucci, which had several women in senior positions in the 1980s (the time a large percentage of the film was set), also said that the victim status of Reggiani was also falsely emphasised in statements from cast members.
This could be referring to Lady Gaga’s Vogue interview where she stated that while she did not want to 'glorify somebody that would commit murder', she did want to 'pay respect to women throughout history who became experts at survival'.
Aside from this letter, further criticism of House Of Gucci been made by Patricia Gucci (Aldo Gucci’s daughter) who accused Scott of 'stealing the identity of a family to make a profit'.
In response to this, the famous director said on BBC Radio 4: "You have to remember that one Gucci was murdered and another went to jail for tax evasion so you can't be talking to me about making a profit. As soon as you do that you become part of the public domain."
House Of Gucci has been out in cinemas since the 26th of November and has received the best opening weekend attendance for a drama in the last 2 years.
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