I am sure you have heard of this by now, and I am just adding my 2 cents worth. Please note that these are my thoughts and opinions, and do please add your 2 cents in the comments. I’ll touch on movies mainly as I haven’t quite the words for the other items.
The latest in this saga is “Grease”. If you have been living under a rock, in a place totally untouched by humans, you may be forgiven if you do not know the plot line or movie. The plot is simply: “While vacationing in Australia, Danny and Sandy indulge in a passionate love affair with each other. They part ways believing they will not see each other again but fate has other plans.” It is set in the 1950s and made in 1978.
The above alone should be a fucking clue. Is the movie misogynistic? Bloody right it is! Is it sexist? Yep. Is it a little rapey (who the fuck came up with that!)? Yes.
In our “woke” (another word that I just think is useless) culture we are forgetting the times and culture of when these movies were made and the age they were set in. The 50s was rampant for having the little woman at home subjugated to the male. It was about attracting, and then keeping the man you wanted. Did you put up with a little “rapey” attitude – yes, if you thought that was your ticket out. Were women shamed for being sexually active? Yes and very publicly as well. (And guess what, we still are!)
I want to go to another movie – Gone with the Wind (1939). “American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.” Slavery, civil war and female manipulation are strong in this one, along with a few indiscretions. Our “woke” culture would see that as a poke at the BLM movement. We need to get rid of all the history because it does not fit the current narrative per their requirements.
This brings me to a movie that I enjoy from time to time. It is The Party with Peter Sellers made in 1968. It is definitely not correct per our “woke” culture. We have a white man playing an Indian man (and generally making a mocking of that) as the movie tries to utilise Sellers’ improv talents. This portrayal went on to influence other characters, but besides the point it is not “woke”. However, in 1968 this was acceptable within the culture.
We are so busy eradicating history that we are losing perspective. I often say that history is written from the winner’s perspective and I see this now more than ever. We have decided that we are the winners because we do not have these mindsets anymore. We look for equality everywhere. Except equality is a myth.
“Equality focuses on creating the same starting line for everyone. Equity has the goal of providing everyone with the full range of opportunities and benefits – the same finish line. That’s why equality and equality does not always mean fair or equitable.” We are trying so hard to get everyone to the same starting line, that we are forgetting there are those who don’t have the opportunity to even get to that line.
We need to grow the fuck up and realise that this is our history. These were our parents and grandparents. They lived in times where now it seems horrific, but it serves to tell our story. This “woke” culture will cause us to lose our identities and it will ensure that we make the same mistakes, if not worse, going forward. Whitewashing (and pardon the pun) is simply not the answer. My opinion on the whole “woke” culture is easily seen in the clip below.