We should ban these Christmas classics to please vocalists

Christmas is generally a time of joy, family and the spirit of giving. In the name of social justice, it is important to extinguish all those good feelings and instead do something on which the crime is committed.

Attention generally leads to the popular evocative duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, whether the song is romantic or a sign of attack, but the song is far from the only piece of classic Christmas media that creates a moral panic.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is widely considered one of the greatest Christmas films of all time, with a beautiful and timeless message about the importance of life and community. Its perfect cast, excellent writing, and heart-touching message, however, does not save it from reducing cardinal sin being committed in the 1940s and representing allied cultural values.

While courtship of George Bailey and his later wife Mary leads to some of the sweetest moments for the film, he treats her with horror. After the pair fall into the pool during a dance, George and Mary are forced to change into bathrobes. When she drives her home, her child catches on a branch and falls, leaving her naked. She runs after a bush and tells George that the only means to cover her hands is to cover herself, but he stops, using the opportunity to get her naked (jokingly, but this that does not matter).

The film also has sexist support that the worst thing that can happen to a woman is that she remains unmarried. When George sees what his hometown would have been like if he had never been born, he is horrified to see that his wife is an unmarried librarian – horrified by the same horrors that his brother had caused when he died. The owner and patron went to jail. , His friend Violet became a prostitute, and a corrupt businessman took over the city. Of course, there are other reasons for panic, such as seeing Mary’s loneliness and unhappiness, not recognizing the woman he loves, and knowing her children no longer exist. In looking for crime, however, such nuances cannot be added.

If classic music is more in your style, “White Christmas” features a solo song that opens all hearts in its two-hour runtime. Within the story of two army-turned-artists who work together to surprise their struggling general over Christmas, Minster is a melancholy melancholy song for the show, a wildly racist performance that often includes blackface and aggressive stereotypes Huh. Although the song itself is merely an excuse to sing a puny song and engage in vaudeville-type humor, it is still a song for a racist type of show, even though the reference flew over the heads of many modern audiences Will go.

Do you enjoy the 24-hour marathon of “A Christmas Story”? A semi-autobiographical story about a young boy’s memories of Christmas in the 1930s, as he tries to convince his parents to buy him a Red Rider BB gun, a beloved one about family and growing up The film is. It also glorifies the use of the gun through various imaginations of the protagonist Ralphie with a dangerous weapon.

Also, in a Chinese restaurant scene, the strong, caricatured accent of the staff singing Christmas songs is the subject of a joke. The only thing done in disgust was “A Christmas Story Live” playing on hope for the same joke, only to find it with endearing renditions of classic carols, asking the old man, and extending to the audience, “what.” Were you expecting “

“Elf” is an eccentric film, featuring one of Will Ferrell’s best performances so far. He plays the role of a human raised in the North Pole by the elves, who move to New York to find their biological father and interact with the human world for the first time. As he is unfamiliar with human customs, he becomes in trouble due to naivete. One such situation occurs when he walks into the shower in his love interest because he allegedly does not know she is naked. To make matters worse, in the shower, she is singing the above song of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, underscoring the discomfort of the scene in the I-post-to-era.

In all seriousness, no film would be perfect, especially made decades ago. It is good to note that where cultural values ​​have progressed, without writing excellent films with important messages as small portions of them reflect old and aggressive values. We should learn from past mistakes, not erase them. Each of these films carries a timeless message about family, community, and love, which we can all learn from throughout the year, but especially around Christmas.

Paulina Enk is a Federalist and current student at Georgetown University at the School of Foreign Service. Follow her on Twitter @itspaulinaenck

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