Twenty-five years after Lorena Bobbitt infamously cut off her husband’s penis and threw it into a field – inadvertently laying the groundwork for the 24-hour news cycle – Amazon has announced that they will distribute a four-part docu-series based on the incident. Spearheaded by Monkeypaw Productions, the company started by Jordan Peele in 2012, Lorena feels like a timely addition to Amazon’s growing catalog of original content.
Unlike most of the media that surrounded that fateful night in 1993, Lorena will tell the story from Bobbitt’s perspective. Despite the portrayals of Bobbitt as an angry wife who went way overboard with her revenge, there’s much more to what drove her to the act. Lorena’s then-husband John Bobbitt wasn’t some unsuspecting spouse; he regularly abused her physically, sexually, and emotionally. John also regularly rubbed his infidelities in Lorena’s face, and even forced her to have an abortion.
While John was never found guilty of rape and originally denied all allegations of domestic abuse, during his cross examination, his statements were found to be inconsistent with known facts. And, on the night of the incident, John had reportedly raped Lorena, which compelled her to go to the kitchen, grab a knife, and cut his penis off.
“When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt,’ we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full-blown media spectacle,” Peele said in a statement about the upcoming series. “With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse and her demand for justice. This is Lorena’s story, and we’re honored to help her tell it.”
With Peele, who with Get Out proved to have a wry eye for social commentary, at the helm, Lorena sounds like it could particularly vital in the era of the #MeToo. We’ll have to see how much it adds to the conversation when it’s released.