“My 12-year-old daughter Adele is the most woke individual that you’ve ever met,” Ringwald said. “I just don’t know how I’m gonna go through that, you know, watching it with her and [her] saying, ‘How could you do that? How could you be part of something that?'”
Ringwald said there are “elements” in those films that she now views as homophobic, but also described their moral value as “complicated.”
“On the other hand, they’re also about people that felt like outsiders. So they speak to a lot of people,” she said. “I feel like that’s what makes the movies really wonderful.”
“It’s also something I wanted to go on record talking about – the elements that I find troubling and want to change for the future – but that doesn’t mean at all that I want them to be erased,” she continued. “I’m proud of those movies and I have a lot of affection for them.”
Ringwald previously watched “The Breakfast Club” with her eldest daughter, 17-year-old Mathilda, who was 10 at the time. She wrote about the “surreal” experience in an essay for the New Yorker, which also acknowledged how the film may be seen as sexist or problematic in the midst of the #MeToo movement.