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In Reply to: RE: HBO pulls GWTW . . . posted by Billy Wonka on June 10, 2020 at 10:29:26
The perspective of the period was seen through mid-20th century eyes. Maybe HBO thinks that what went around is coming back around, thus calling for some interference.
I always thought that "Django Unchained" could have benefitted from a little background.
Given that it is a romance novel, not a textbook. Her life was immersed in southern lore and lifestyle, spending much time in association with those who lived the War times or during Reconstruction. Plenty of field study.
I could have said historical instead of scholarly.
Your comments below are on point. There has always been pressure to whitewash southern attitudes regarding the War. Inheriting a culture of treating people like cattle is hard to face down. Today in Germany, the holocaust deniers keep popping up like gophers.
But the fact that it took another hundred years for Civil Rights and Anti-Segregation tells me that not much has changed in the hardcore South. I grew up part time in Mississippi, and vividly recall the separate toilets, sitting areas, fountains, ... all of it.
I wonder about 'Roots' which has such violence, even the Master selling off the slave's daughter. History?
They all have good aspects, but sensitivities usually don't devolve to tolerate them any more.
GWTW is one. Mandingo, Roots, Blazing Saddles, are some others.
It's been a long time but I thought Blazing Saddles was a Satire that made racist white folk look awfully and hilariously stupid. The scene where Cleavon Little holds a gun to his own head "I 'm so smart - and they're soooo Stupid" or however that line went.
I mean Mel Brooks' character was completely inane - who would have thought he would have made a more sound and intelligent 45th?
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