Carol Costello, who left CNN’s Newsroom to host Across America on its sister channel HLN, can no longer watch the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life now that the #MeToo movement is on her mind.
In an opinion piece for CNN, Costello laments the fact she’s loved this movie for so long when clearly it’s a “sexist” masterpiece:
It seems like America's every cultural moment is under review thanks to Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore and the rest of the men accused of sexual misconduct this year. I can't even watch a Christmas movie like "It's a Wonderful Life" without wondering if it is inherently sexist. And I love that movie.
But seriously, if gorgeous, brilliant Mary had never met her George Bailey, would she have ended up working in a library? Worse than that, would she have been an old maid -- a fate apparently worse than death when the movie was made in 1946?
Of course, leave it to a man to do what Costello can’t: see the real hero of this movie in the female lead. Paul J. Batura writes at Fox News:
The biggest hero is actually a heroine, Mary Hatch Bailey, played by Donna Reed. She’s George’s poised and unflappable wife and the mother of their four children, Janie, Pete, Tommy and Zuzu.
Batura explains Mary’s character as “patient, long-suffering, responsible, a woman of prayer, and a woman of quiet action.”
“At a time in history when popular culture is being reminded again about the importance of respecting women, the many positive attributes of Donna Reed’s seven-decades-old character affirm anew what William Ross Wallace first wrote in 1865: ‘The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world,’” Batura argues. “Heroism manifests itself in many forms in the overlooked or understated people of this world, most especially spouses who sit outside the spotlight and mothers who sacrifice on a daily basis for their children.”
A heroism completely lost on a clueless newscaster trying to make her opinion sound important.
Costello also pointed to other traditional entertainment as becoming problematic when viewed in today’s lens, like the song Baby It’s Cold Outside, which is now interpreted as a date-rape anthem only Bill Cosby could love.
“The song was written in 1944, when women were expected to, as billionaire Foster Friess ‘joked’ in 2012, put aspirin ‘between their knees’ for birth control,” says Costello. “I try to keep an open mind, but yuck!”
Then there are plays like The Producers and ballets like The Nutcracker which, in her opinion, are good candidates for retirement because of their treatment of women:
[O]ld-fashioned songs, plays and ballets are a part of the real world. They can influence the way kids think about gender roles. Perhaps it is time we retire these dinosaurs and bask in a brighter, more equitable future. It's happening right under our noses.
Costello acknowledges the latest box office hits like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Wonder Woman, as well as box office disasters like the all-female remake of Ghostbusters because they feature strong female leads who aren’t reduced simply to being eye candy for the fellas, nor mousy, submissive women. However, Costello misses the reality that classic movies, ballets, and Broadway shows aren’t nearly as influential, if at all, on a young girl’s psyche like the latest sex-fueled pop/rap mega hits or streaming options from the agenda-driven Left. Why make a mountain out of a molehill?
Costello says she’s ready for the next feminist reboot coming out of Hollywood, Oceans 8, which features an all-female cast including Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, and that thespian of all thespians, Rihanna. But forget the artful classics:
I plan to run to the theater to see Sandy and company rule. But have I cooled to classics like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Baby It's Cold Outside?" Kinda. I most certainly will never watch that movie or hear that song in the same way I did when I was a kid. And that's a good thing.
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