Home Celebrity Horrifying “Kennedys” Sensationalizes Sister Rosemary’s Condition

Fans of “Melrose Place” may remember a big reveal from one season when Kimberly, who was crazy as a bed bug, pulled her hair back in front of a mirror to reveal a massive scar from brain surgery. It was the last scene of an episode, and done for maximum shock. Guess what? In Joel Surnow’s really terrible miniseries, “The Kennedys,” about real people, the scene is more or less re-enacted in the worst possible way.

Episode 5, just toward the end: “The Kennedys” stages a scene of Rose Kennedy coming to see her daughter, Rosemary, after her lobotomy. The miniseries acts as if Rose knew nothing of the surgery in advance, that Joe Kennedy did it without anyone’s acquiescence. This is historically inaccurate according to Laurence Leamer’s book about the Kennedy women. In fact there was much discussion in the family before the surgery. Kathleen Kennedy aka “Kick”–who is not mentioned in the miniseries–did a lot of research in advance. She was told it was a mistake.

In the miniseries, Rose walks into a hospital room where Rosemary is seated and staring into space. For maximum shock, Rose pushes back Rosemary’s hair to discover a severe and bloody scar on her forehead. It’s right out of Hannibal Lecter, and totally disgusting. I’m not sure if Caroline Kennedy or Maria Shriver made it this far into the series, but if they did, I wouldn’t blame them for calling anyone they knew to kill it. Reprehensible and unnecessary. Yikes.

I can’t even imagine what awaits me in Episodes 6, 7, and 8.

13 replies to this post
  1. Wow…….I can’t begin to comprehend all the HATE for this GREAT miniseries.

    And YES, I said GREAT !!!

    Is it perfect? Admittedly, no.

    But does it do a creditable job providing a pretty good overview of the most turbulent years of this family’s long history? Absolutely.

    It’s television entertainment, people……………..nothing more, nothing less.

    Get over it already…..

  2. The father had his daughter have a lobotomy against his wife’s wishes.
    Who is horrible, not the movie but the man who had it done.
    how silly to deny what that man did.

  3. wow, the nutters come out of the woodwork eh, rog? a ghastly series that is an insult to what is a legendary family in our country’s history. They deserve better than this kind of treatment.

  4. Katie Holmes has gone to the dark side. I saw Suri playing with obscene candy, while her mother kept her out late at night. It looks like they are grooming Suri to pimp her out.

    This series is in bad taste, esp considering that the murders have never been solved. The Kennedy family are real people. Mr and Ms Tom Cruise, seem very plastic, and off kilter.

  5. I am a bit baffled about what Mr. Steneck’s post has to do with the fate of Rosemary Kennedy?????
    The series sounds terrible, Roger. It hasn’t been shown in Europe and sounds like something to be avoided. MMH

  6. I can’t wait to see the miniseries. I wouldn’t trust any one author, ie Leamer, to be credible. I can’t stand how Caroline tries to control what comes out about her family. She should turn that attention to bringing honesty and integrity to the investigations into her father’s and uncle’s assassinations. When the Kennedys are ready for real truth, I’ll welcome their opinions. Until then, forget them.

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