- Jan 23, 2008
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I don't see a thread on this - hope I'm not duplicating!
Does this not bother you?
Yes, it bothers me and I think it's outrageous! Not to mention condescending to African-Americans.
Everyone knows how the word "" was used historically. Nobody is so delicate they need protection from it.
(BTW, I am gay and consider the word "" every bit as heinous as the word "." My feelings are exactly the same concerning the "F word.")
IMHO, kerfluffles over the "N word" do nothing but distract us from the very real racial issues and disparities that persist in our society.
I also think the very term, "N word", is ridiculous, as everyone in the U.S., if not the planet, knows what the "N word" is. So saying "N word" merely produces the word "" in the listener's mind.
As a rule, I'm a defender of what is called "political correctness", but let's don't rewrite the classics. If necessary, let's use them as "teachable moments."
I appreciate your POV - truly. But I'm afraid being PC will be the undoing of this country. I prefer HONESTY!....
This was new news to me but it reminds me of a situation several years ago. One of my daughters is a fan of the Gone With the Wind book and movie. For several years I purchased her the dolls at the gift shop at the Cracker Barrel. First Scarlett, then Rhett, then Papa O'Hara (sorry I don't remember his first name - Gerald?). When I asked for Prissy (Butterfly McQueen in real life) I was told that they were not allowed to display her as the NAACP was offended at the replica. I was shocked! Why? This woman should have been front and center as a trail blazer as an actress and not hidden in a back room. I still have the doll but if I had not made an issue of it ( demanding that they check their stockl) would have not. I am causian. Race has never been an issue with me but I want the truth and credit given to those who deserve it.
I think its ridiculous to rewrite any book. It's a reflection of the time and should be used as a teaching moment. I want generations to come to know the realities of how things used to be and how far we have come,and how easy it might be to slip back. I'm sure the Holocaust is a chapter Germans would rather forget,but should it be "cleaned up" in books because it offends people? I think not.
BTW, I think the term"Injun" is another word they want removed from the books. Isn't that the name of a main character? Are they going to call him,"Native American Joe"?
Just a note as the Mother of 5 kids.
No I don't like this and I don't want this and if my kids are assigned to read a book that has words censored, then I will purchase them the book that is uncensored too.
So what if the use of one word dates a book? The word has to be taken within the context of the era it was written. This isn't mass pulp fiction we are talking about, this is Twain. There are so many more layers to his works than just a word that in this day and age offends. In fact, the way Twain used that word--now has even more nuance---in building the character and shaping the relationship that eventually becomes between man (not seen as a man by society) and boy.
(English Major here)
So having explained my major let me eloquently say...
Gaw, chaps my @rse.
(enjoy your posts as always nova, good stuff there)
Speaking of "Gone With The Wind", in the movie (made in 1930s) they did replace the "N" word in one place. It was in the book, but I've noticed it isn't in the movie and it hit a jarring note immediately. I wonder exactly WHEN that was done.
I believe when we starting "changing" things, we're being dishonest. Let's not pretend things weren't the way they were.
My opinion only
Nova,what you said makes perfect sense to me. When someone adapts a movie from a book,they usually do change things up,but its wrong to change original works.
(good luck with your musical.I love that time period)