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260,000 sign petition to block film starring Paris Jackson as Jesus
A forthcoming film starring Paris Jackson as Jesus has been denounced as “Christianophobic garbage” in an online petition to prevent its release, which has attracted more than 260,000 signatures.
The casting of Jackson, a model and actor who is the daughter of the late pop star Michael Jackson, opposite Bella Thorne and musician Gavin Rossdale in the film Habit was announced in April. The plot synopsis suggests that Thorne plays a “street smart party girl with a Jesus fetish [who] gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out by masquerading as a nun”. Jackson’s “gender-bending take on the religious figure” was reported to include “a nose ring, tousled waves and a traditional robe”.
The petition, which names Warner Bros and Lionsgate as its targets, claims that Jackson will play Jesus as a “lesbian”, though there is no mention of this in any publicly available reports of the film. The petition also claims the film is “blasphemous” and that it is “Christianophobic garbage that is spread nowadays, but is somehow accepted and praised by society”.
260,000 sign petition to block film starring Paris Jackson as Jesus
'Gone With the Wind' Returns to HBO Max, With Context
Over two weeks after HBO Max initially removed the 1939 Southern war epic Gone With the Wind from its service, the film has returned, with additional context and a disclaimer attached.
Now, before the film plays on the service, it is preceded by a video from TCM host and University of Chicago cinema and media studies professor Jacqueline Stewart, who tells viewers, "You're about to see one of the most enduringly popular films" of all time, but warns "the film has been repeatedly protested, dating back to the announcement of its production" due to its romantic depiction of the antebellum South and stereotypical Black characters.
The film, 1940's best picture winner at the Oscars, also is now accompanied by "extras" including videos titled "Gone With the Wind: A Complicated Legacy" and "Hattie McDaniel: What a Character!" as well as Stewart's introduction as its own video.
In her introduction, Stewart adds, "Watching Gone With the Wind can be uncomfortable, even painful. Still it's important that classic Hollywood films are available to us in their original form for viewing and discussion." Watching such films can prompt viewers to reflect on their values, Hollywood history and what pop culture says about a previous era, she suggests.
Watch: Black female pastor takes on mob threatening to tear down Emancipation Memorial of Abraham Lincoln
A crowd gathered around the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Park on Tuesday night, declaring they would return in force on Thursday night to tear the "motherfucker" down.
The group wrote in an Instagram notice of the event, "To achieve true justice, we are not working with the police, nor will we seek any relationship with them. In order to create change, we will do so by any means necessary. If you want a revolution, it won't happen by being peaceful."
Protesters were not willing to hear voices against tearing down the statue on Tuesday. A white woman took the floor in favor of keeping the monument in place, attempting to explain that it was used for educational purposes for Emancipation Day. She was shouted down.
Another woman also braved the crowd and was shouted down, but was able to get her voice heard. Turning Point USA's Benny Johnson posted footage of part of her message, reporting, "Black female pastor is very upset at organizers of the tear down Lincoln movement. Is very upset at the organizers for judging people by their skin color — says this statue tear down movement is not helping."
Targeted sculptures linked to Wisconsin, Civil War history
Enough with the destruction! Let's start building shit. More Popeyes! 24-Jun-2020
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King says statues of Jesus Christ should be torn down — but just the white ones
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King said that it is permissible to tear down the statues of Jesus Christ that show him with European features because they support white supremacy.
"Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been," King tweeted on Monday.
"In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down," he added.
"Yes. All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down," he explained in a second tweet.
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How Did Four Young Black Boys Become Hollywood Stars During the Height of Jim Crow?
As it turns out, Sunshine Sammy was a race man. Farina and Stymie too, and even Buckwheat for a minute or so.
This may be hard to fathom, considering the designation was generally applied, back around the '20s, to men who exemplified the most righteous and upstanding attributes of black people, and advocated for fair and dignified treatment. It’s also hard to fathom because, at the time, they were just young black boys.
But they were young black boys with starring roles in Hollywood, and among the most popular performers of their time. There weren’t very many blacks of any age getting any sort of featured screen time back then, at least not in roles that didn’t demean the race. Thus, these young people were heralded in the black press, and even by the NAACP, as some of the leading exemplars of blackness, well before any of them were old enough to drive.
Sunshine Sammy, Farina, Stymie and Buckwheat were the principal black characters throughout the 20-year run of the Our Gang film series. The black community treated them (respectively, Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Matthew Beard and Billie Thomas) like rock stars. But their lives were much more complicated than the movie roles ever let on. Their regard within the black community would be transformed decades later, as the Our Gang franchise lived on years after its heyday.
The Winter Show Will No Longer Allow Dealers to Exhibit and Sell Racist Objects
The Winter Show will no longer allow dealers to exhibit and sell works that are deemed racist on their show floor, the organization announced this week. Long considered the keystone of New York’s Americana Week, the fair has regularly drawn designers such as late Mario Buatta as well as prominent collectors such as Oprah Winfrey. The news, which comes in the midst of a watershed moment of cultural reckoning about the pervasive nature of institutionalized racism, makes the Winter Show the first major American fair of its kind to publicly ban such racist objects, which are often but not always associated with Americana.
It turns out your favorite movie is racist. What now?
Last week, novelist, director and television writer John Ridley -- an Academy Award winner for his screenplay for the movie "12 Years a Slave" -- wrote a brief but compelling op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, asking HBO (a sister company of CNN under the ownership of WarnerMedia) to take the movie "Gone With the Wind" off of its much-hyped new streaming platform HBO Max.
But in an era where we're finally challenging some of our society's most deeply anchored (and frankly, cherished) pillars of oppression, we should also consider the broader question raised by Ridley's op-ed and other recent articles: What should we do with cultural artifacts that reflect grotesque and shameful aspects of our history?
Unlike statues and monuments, which are merely glorified gravestones, popular culture is a living entity, constantly being commented on and referenced. We can't go back in time and alter the circumstances that led to the creation of abhorrent works, repellent narratives and distorted images.
As a result, removing them from view actually makes it harder to contend with them. It allows creators, companies and audiences to comfortably pretend they never existed, and to move frictionlessly onward without engaging in real structural change in the present.
All art can be extinguished by the power of the present. 15-Jun-2020
John Cleese Shamed the BBC Into Reinstating Ousted Fawlty Towers Episode
A day after the BBC-owned streaming service UKTV removed an episode of Fawlty Towers due to the presence of “racial slurs,” the episode has been reinstated after significant criticism from the show’s star, John Cleese. Per Variety, ?“The Germans” episode from season one (which famously coined the phrase “don’t mention the war!”) was removed due to the service reappraising its catalogue in light of the international Black Lives Matter movement. While UKTV declined to list the specific issues it had with the episode, it’s assumed that the removal was due to one scene featuring a character, the Major, saying the N-word several times. “The BBC is now run by a mixture of marketing people and petty bureaucrats,” Cleese wrote on social media on June 12. “So BBC decisions are made by persons whose main concern is not losing their jobs. That’s why they’re so cowardly and gutless and contemptible.”
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