Baseball Crank
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October 29, 2004
POP CULTURE: A September 11 Miniseries

Michele is appalled. I do think there will and should eventually be a good movie or TV treatment of September 11, but more years of time, distance and perspective are still needed, as was the case with movies about, say, the Holocaust. ABC and NBC shouldn't be touching this right now. Of course, Hollywood being what it is these days, they'll probably change it so neo-Nazis fly the planes into the towers.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:12 AM | Pop Culture | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)
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"Of course, Hollywood being what it is these days, they'll probably change it so neo-Nazis fly the planes into the towers."

Quite possibly the most baseless and ridiculous thing I've read on this site. Disappointing, not because I'm offended or Hollywood needs defending, but just not up to your standards. I expect better.

Posted by: Mr Furious at October 29, 2004 3:00 PM

Yeah Mr. F, because Hollywood has never, ever done something like that.

Posted by: Richard at October 29, 2004 3:07 PM

Well, to cite two obvious examples of tampering with fiction, there was that Tom Clancy book where they turned the Arab terrorists into skinheads or something. And there was Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities - a book in which the characters' racial and ethnic identities were central to its depiction of NYC politics in the 80s - where the old Jewish Bronx judge was played by . . . Morgan Freeman.

There have been some pretty egregious examples of warped views of actual history, too, although just at this moment I'm drawing a blank on the best examples.

Posted by: The Crank at October 29, 2004 4:39 PM

The Clancy movie Crank speaks of is The Sum of All Fears.

I have one of my own to add- in Disney's epic stink bomb, The Alamo, there is a slave character belonging to Jim Bowie who says something along the lines of "why should I die for these people!" I don't know if Bowie actually owned slaves, but there was certainly no slave belonging to him, or anybody else, at the Alamo. The only African American involved was a freed slave who fought and died defending the place.

Posted by: Richard (different than above) at October 29, 2004 5:54 PM

Michael Medved wrote a good op-ed piece about that very issue back in 2002. You can disagree, but itís certainly not a baseless criticism.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at October 31, 2004 7:07 PM
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