With All Due Respect
However, in interviewing McKinney for Tabloid and presenting her peculiar story, Morris seems to merely dismiss points McKinney underscores and, even worse, never acknowledges that he knows -- and it’s impossible to miss this, even if you’re not as smart and adept as Morris is -- that McKinney is a deeply disturbed -- no, delusional -- human being, a woman who's out of control. Yet, she's mercilessly encouraged to spin on, making statements that don't make sense.
Documentary filmmakers aren't responsible for saving their subjects from themselves, but the best profiles show some compassion and an attitude of considerate restraint. That those qualities are lacking in Tabloid renders the documentary an arrogant, obscene, inexcusable example of tabloid exploitation.
Morris’ choice of title, Tabloid, may be ripe with ironic intent, but the film is what it is.
Morris’ exploitation of McKinney has continued off screen, too. There was a well documented confrontation at the film's DOC NYC premiere between a complaining Joyce and condescending Errol. And, in the marketing of the film, McKinney's behavior is hyped she's made to resemble a circus sideshow freak.
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- Made in India
- Title: Tabloid
- Director: Errol Morris
- Release Date: July 15, 2011
- Running Time: 81 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Company: Moxie Pictures
- Distribution Company: Sundance Selects
- Official Site