Hayley Atwell Deems '12 Years A Slave' Torture Porn

February 7th, 2014 9:44am EST

Hayley Atwell Hayley Atwell has caused an uproar by dismissing critically acclaimed movie 12 Years A Slave as "torture porn".

The British actress sparked a debate on Twitter when she shared her thoughts on Steve McQueen's movie, which tells the true story of a free man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Atwell described the real life story as "remarkable" but criticized McQueen's inclusion of scenes depicting brutal rape and violence.

In a series of posts on, Captain America: The First Avenger star writes, "OK. I'm going to say it. 12 Years a Slave...' movie.. felt like a film for ignorant middle class white people.
"Yes. I'm saying it.... But the true story is remarkable and important and the film was torture porn."

12 Years A Slave received nine Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for its star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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