There’s a saying going around the Internet: “Progressives ruin everything.” By inappropriately injecting leftist politics into every corner of life, they’ve managed to spoil the Oscars, late night comedy, the NFL, NASCAR and countless other diversions that Americans used to be able to turn to when they wanted to put politics aside and come together.
Now, they’re even trying to ruin one of the most cherished books and movies among liberals, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The estate of author Harper Lee is suing to stop a new Broadway adaptation because the creators decided that her hero, Atticus Finch, one of the best role models in all of literature, should start out as a “racist apologist” and gradually become more woke. I guess they automatically assume that as a white male Southerner, he couldn’t possibly be anything other than a racist jerk from the get-go. As producer Scott Rudin puts it, “the world has changed since then” and he “can't and won't present a play that feels like it was written in the year the book was written in terms of its racial politics. It wouldn't be of interest.”
To refresh your memory, Atticus Finch is a small town lawyer in Alabama in the 1930s
who helps those in trouble even if they have no money, and who believes that everyone deserves equal justice. He and his children have to withstand scorn from racist neighbors when he takes on the hopeless task of defending a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. I don’t know what part of that story audiences today wouldn’t find dramatically interesting.
If Rudin thinks the “racial politics” don’t reflect today’s PC attitudes, well, I would hope not, since it's set in Alabama in the 1930s. The racial politics feel like they’re from an earlier time because they ARE, and thank God for that! As to which side has a better grasp on people in Alabama were like in the 1930s, I’d have to go with Harper Lee, whose story was inspired by her own family's life in Monroeville, Alabama, in the '30s and a true incident that happened nearby in 1936. As long as Rudin is rewriting both history and classic literature to make it more modern, the plot also involves a woman who lies about being raped; according to today’s PC rules, that never happens; so he'll have to make the black man guilty. What else? Will Boo Radley now be transgender? Will there be a mockingbird that Tweets?
It’s up to the lawyers whether this mockery of “Mockingbird” ever makes it to Broadway, but if so, I’ll probably put it on my “Things-to-see” list right after that new movie of “A Wrinkle In Time” that replaced God, Scripture and Jesus with New Age hokum, self-empowerment and Oprah.
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