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  •   why so many smart people "liked" the character... (0+ / 0-)

    Missed a word.

    •  Me Either (1+ / 0-)
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      WB Reeves

      I found Scarlett O'Hara annoying---no, worse.  She was a spoiled manipulative brat and an insult to women.  That man-stealing stereotype didn't play any better when it was Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding."  It perpetuates prejudice against women, and we don't need more of that!

      Black actors portraying stereotypes affect me the same way.  I know it was a different time, but it still makes me cringe to think they did it, even though there were no other roles for them. Part of me still feels they shouldn't have denigrated themselves, but would I starve in a gutter rather than play such a role?  I can't honestly say that I would.  So I try not to go all self-righteous about those old movies, but I don't watch them either.  

      •  I agree. Even at age five I despised her. (0+ / 0-)

        She was clearly the opposite of what I was being taught any decent person should be and yet it was obvious that the adults around me didn't share that view.

        I suspect this was my first inkling that adults couldn't be trusted.

        Nothing human is alien to me.

        by WB Reeves on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:25:39 AM PDT

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        •  Luckily (1+ / 0-)
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          I saw GWTW as an adult on TV with my husband.  He certainly heard my reaction to her but wasn't surprised----after all he had married me.  

          I never learned to distrust all adults, but I have good reason to be suspicious of doctors.  I've had some real losers.

          At a very young age, I was a feminist----hell, I was born one.  I DIDN'T love Lucy and hated the Honeymooners.

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