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Cloud Atlas creators to apologize to nurses and make amends

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In Cloud Atlas, the nurse character Noakes is a battle-axe, overseeing the fake nursing home that actually serves to confine elderly people whose relatives have tired of them. Noakes resembles Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in her desire to control and torment those under her "care." But Noakes is less subtle and more menacing than Ratched. As played by actor Hugo Weaving -- acting and dressing in a traditionally female way -- Noakes has no virtues, and she quickly resorts to violence against anyone who gets in her way. Noakes appears to be based on Ratched and her repressed sexuality, but she is even worse, in part because the film seems to link her malevolence to her gender ambiguity. We are calling on the creators of Cloud Atlas to apologize to the nursing profession for its depiction of nursing and to make amends by creating nurse characters in their future films that present nursing as a live-saving scientific endeavor worthy of the attention of all genders.



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