“Cops transform schools, and in an extremely detrimental way.”
One of the amazing things about cancel culture, is the ability of its proponents to apply it to pretty much anything. In Portland, OR, a film center was planning a showing of the 1990 film ‘Kindergarten Cop’ until critics claimed the film promotes a ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline.
It was even compared to the 1915 silent film ‘The Birth of a Nation’ which portrayed the KKK in a positive light.
Nick Gillespie writes at Reason:
Kindergarten Cop Is Canceled, Likened to Birth of a Nation
It’s come to this: Kindergarten Cop, a banal 1990 comedy-action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a police detective who masquerades as a teacher, has been canceled and likened to the explicitly racist silent film Birth of a Nation.
Kindergarten Cop was slated to kick off Portland’s Northwest Film Center’s Cinema Unbound Drive-in Theater on August 6 until critics led by local author Lois Leveen said the PG-13 movie promoted a “school-to-prison pipeline,” according to the Willamette Week.
In an email to Willamette Week, Leveen likened the Schwarzenegger vehicle to Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind:
It’s true Kindergarten Cop is only a movie. So are Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind, but we recognize films like those are not ‘good family fun.’…They are relics of how pop culture feeds racist assumptions. Because despite what the movie shows…in reality, schools don’t transform cops. Cops transform schools, and in an extremely detrimental way.
According to Nick Givas of FOX News, the film center did not make this decision based on Leveen’s tweets (account has now been protected so tweets are not publicly available):
NWFC said the tweets had nothing to do with the cancellation and instead credited “overwhelming demand” and discussions with its “staff and community members” for the change. However, their statement on Twitter was a direct reply to Leveen’s thread.
They will instead show the second screening of “Good Trouble,” the new documentary about the late Rep. John Lewis, who died last month.
Some have speculated that this famous scene from the film would also be deemed problematic today:
Hollywood has spent decades promoting the politics of the left. I sure hope they are enjoying this new age we’re living in now.
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