Thanks to the Duke of Pedalonia, who left this comment at this blog post by FreeThinke — and thereby called to the attention of readers at that thread just how drastically our pop culture has changed and is still changing.
Read the Real Clear Life essay to which the Duke of Pedalonia linked: Should Classic Films Be Judged By Today’s Cultural Standards? We can no longer “thank heaven” for little girls. Excerpt:
…Let’s put aside the fact that in an era when women don’t cotton to the term girls, we really are discussing female juveniles: our daughters, or perhaps our past selves. In fact, as we watch Chevalier stroll through the sumptuous sets of the Bois de Boulogne, the Alan Jay Lerner lyrics are even worse than I remember: “Each time I see a little girl; Of five or six or seven; I can’t resist a joyous urge; To smile and say; Thank heaven for little girls.” Just wow – and how can this guy sing and smile at the same time? Pedophilia has never looked, well, so gleefully appealing.
Because let’s face it, the musical, based on the Colette novella, centers on the unsettling practice of grooming….
Read the rest HERE.
Before commenting, please pause for a moment to consider this about the film Gigi:
A 1958 musical film version, starring Leslie Caron in the title role, with a screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner and a score by Lerner and Frederick Loewe won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Read many more details about the film HERE.
Should classic cinema productions of yesteryear be judged by today’s “more modern and more enlightened standards” and, therefore, become films, parsed to that point that these films can no longer be enjoyed?
Additional reading: Is Song of the South too racist to screen?
Note: Song of the South received numerous accolades — including two Oscars, one of which was for the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”