Thursday, October 30, 2008


Song of the South was yanked a few years back from the Disney lineup of films. Politically incorrect. Racist.

Breakfast at Tiffany's fell victim to the same accusations several months ago. A theater owner who had planned to show the film thought otherwise and reversed his decision after being pressured from the Asian community.
The following is probably politically incorrect but frankly Scarlet, I don't really give a damn.

As a member of the "cracker" community maybe as a "nation" all crackers should rise up and protest all the films that portray "us" in less than positive light and create stereotypes of us.

Think Charlie Chaplin.

Think Abbott and Costello.

Think Three Stooges.

Think Laurel and Hardy.

Jerry Lewis.

The list could go one and on.

If they were of color none of these comedians work would see the light of day in the 21st century world we live in.

E-Bay is selling copies of Song of the South for a price higher than any other Disney film.

When censorship such as what Disney has imposed on everyone I can only ask, "What has happened to free choice in America?"

Thanks to son Max who provided a copy via the Korean network of available downloads, Wifey, Grace and I watched Song of the South several nights ago.

With a critical eye I tried understand why the film was censored. Portraying the South in the 1800's life was very much like what was shown in the film. What was the big deal, I asked.

Grace cried when Uncle Remus was told to leave the plantation for his tall tail stories. Song of the South, in my opinion, didn't degrade blacks but nonetheless illustrated them as workers and servants who were indentured for the plantation owners. It's what it was and the film served as a good platform for conversation of what was wrong with America back then between Grace and I.

Why can't a kind, gentle story and a lesson on history be made available to everyone? If we live in a free democracy why the Disney censorship? Am I missing something?

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Anonymous said...

Song of the South was one of my favourite Disney films as a child. All I saw was a story about a boy and the relationship he had with an old man he dearly loved. I even understood about the way life at the time was and how they portrayed it in the film. Never thought it was racist and still don't.
Another film that is hard to find due to Political Correctness is Peter and the Wolf. In the original version, the wolf gets shot dead and the villagers rejoice. The new version has the wolf go to the zoo. I say BS! The original was an awesome portrayal of Slavic life and is hard to find now. I think Disney also did that one. I say we take the PC crowd and get their minds right.

Bob said...

Anon: Peter and the Wolf too? Actually, if I were the wolf I would rather be shot than locked in a cage for the rest of my life.

Anonymous said...

Yep. They did Peter and the Wolf in 1946.
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