2020-03-22 22:13:30 UTC
: > Sometimes, the controversies go away if the movies turn out
: > not to be very good and are quickly forgotten, like the mid-80's
: > comedy "Soul Man", about a white guy who gets a very dark tan
: > and passes himself off as African American in order to get a
: > minority scholarship to an Ivy League school. I just don't think a
: > film like that could be made in 2019, and I'm surprised it even
: > got made in the 80's.
: Wow, yes, going the other way -- movies that would be way too
: controversial TODAY, but were made back when -- there's probably
: a lot more...
: ANYTHING with Stepin Fetchit would probably top the list of "Stuff
: that you can't make anymore."
: Even Charlie Chan is often denounced, though portraying a racial
: minority as the smartest man in the room would have been looked
: on with envy by African Americans or even women!
There was Brook Shields' Pretty Baby about a 12 y.o. prostitute and
then there's this one line out of the original Arthur (and I'm working
from memory here, so call it a paraphrasing) but, speaking to the
prostitute who just told him that her mother died when she was six
and her father raped her when she was 12...
"So you had six relatively good years."
In a similar vein, Lenona, who frequents these parts, brought up this
one elsewhere as the star only recently died, and was apparently
nominated for an Oscar...
I wouldn't want to try finance a remake today!