NY Post’s Lou Lumenick:
A petition is circulating to stop an outdoor screening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” next month at a Brooklyn Park. The beloved romantic dramedy starring Audrey Hepburn, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in October, has long been considered problematic by many because of the bucktoothed, splenetic and bumbling Japanese character played by Mickey Rooney — an ethnic stereotype that was outdated even in 1961, and seems much more offensive than funny today.
A planned outdoor screening in Sacramento in 2008 was replaced by “Ratatouille” after a public outcry.
You do know this is just the beginning with these neo-fascists, right? After “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” they’ll go after “Gone With the Wind” and all the rest. And they and their ilk won’t stop until every film that offends everyone except white, Christian male conservatives disappears entirely — just like “Song of the South” has.
It may take years, decades or even generations, but the Left never stops. Never ever stops.
Orwell called this memory-holing.
Mickey Rooney’s Japanese character in “Breakfast” is way too over-the-top to ever be considered funny (I also think the movie is overrated in general), but if we’re going to start banning and making lists of “offensive” characterizations, I’d like to start with every portrayal of a Caucasian Eddie Murphy has ever done. And what about Archie Bunker? Talk about ethnic stereotyping.
See how that works?
Keep in mind that “offensive” has nothing to do with this attempted purge. If that were the case, these same petitioners would be demanding museums throughout Manhattan remove whatever might offend Christians and Republicans. Maybe they’re doing that. My money’s on not.