Turner Classic Movies has announced that 18 popular Hollywood titles will be under scrutiny over their “troubling and problematic” content.
According to the reports, the network has already launched a series that would address the “problematic” classics which aired from the 1920s onward.
As part of the ‘Reframed: Classic Films in the Rearview Mirror’ series, 18 titles, including The Jazz Singer, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gone With the Wind, and more, will be thoroughly reviewed for racist and offensive content.
Participating in the series will be a series of hosts who will discuss the movies’ history and problematic aspects. These explanations will serve as introductions that will be played each time before the start of the movies.
Viewers will also be warned about the movies’ “racist” and “sexist” content prior to being able to watch the classics.
Among other points of discussion will be blackface scenes and scenes portraying LGBT characters and people from minorities in an offensive way.
Following the TCM’s decision, netizens have been left divided, whereas some slammed the network and accused them of being woke by joining in on the cancel culture while others defended the warnings saying it was necessary to address offensive aspects of old movies that are still being played today.
“We know millions of people love these films. We’re not saying this is how you should feel about Psycho or this is how you should feel about Gone with the Wind,” Jacqueline Stewart, a TCM host who participates in the debates, said in an interview with Associated Press.
“We’re just trying to model ways of having longer and deeper conversations and not just cutting it off to ‘I love this movie. I hate this movie’. There’s so much space in between.”
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