With all the controversy over Vince Vaughn’s “Electric cars are gay” line in “The Dilemma”, “Entertainment Weekly” put together a list of 18 movies that we all know and love but might be too politically incorrect to be released today.
“Dumbo”, 1941: Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse encounter five wisecracking blackbirds, who are obviously black stereotypes. Their leader is even named Jim Crow.(–You’ve heard the phrase “separate but equal”. Well, the laws in this country that established that supposedly “equal” segregation were called Jim Crow Laws.)
“Song of the South”, 1946: This is the Disney movie your kids might NEVER SEE. It hasn’t been in theaters since 1986, and Disney flat-out refuses to release it on home video, because people think it’s RACIST.
Even when it was released, the NAACP criticized it for creating an image of, quote, “an idyllic master-slave relationship.”(–Animated characters from the movie can be seen on the Splash Mountain ride at the Disney theme parks . . . and Disney still uses the theme song, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” all the time . . . without the context, naturally.)
“Airplane”, 1980: Pilot Peter Graves was clearly hitting on the little boy the stewardess brought into the cockpit. And we laughed.
“There’s Something About Mary”, 1998: One character pretends to be crippled to get close to the title character, played by Cameron Diaz and his supposed disability is played for laughs.Mary also has a mentally-challenged brother, played by a non-mentally-challenged actor. Some legitimately mentally-handicapped people do appear in the film, but they’re not made fun of.
“The Silence of the Lambs”, 1991: The LGBT community wasn’t happy about serial killer Buffalo Bill . . . who wanted to be a chick, but was really just a psycho. “It puts the lotion in the basket.” (???)
Other movies on the list include the original “Bad News Bears”, “Blazing Saddles”, “A Fish Called Wanda”, “Gone with the Wind” and “The Kentucky Fried Movie”.