Friday, June 12, 2020

By the Gods!

Hugh Griffith as Sheik Ilderim in BEN-HUR (1959)

With the current political correctness madness going on around the world, with statues being removed and movies and TV shows canceled or unlisted from streaming service, how do you think PEPLUM movies, such as this one, will survive? HBO has already removed GONE WITH THE WIND (1939), and the BBC has removed many British comedies. If this keeps up, the PEPLUM genre will be devastated. Not just for these type of roles, which exist but aren't that many. No, it's also for the content and religious aspects. It's a shame that one horrendous incident with police violence has lead to this censorship. 

Charlton Heston, as Ben-Hur, and Hugh Griffith in brown face. Will this movie be censored now?


Scott Ochiltree said...

I agree entirely. Finally it is time to end the US Civil War by removing major Confederate monuments.

However, censorship of books, movies, and videos is both inappropriate and potentially dangerous. Who gets to decide what to censor?

During the McCarthy hysteria of the early 1950s it was leftist novels and books on communism that were removed from library shelves.

Currently many public schools in the more Republican parts of the country ban books with gay. lesbian, and transgender themes.

As Karl Marx wisely observed "history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce."

Anonymous said...

Off topic.....Fabrizio Mioni who played Jason in Hercules recently passed away in Los Angeles.

PEPLUM TV said...

Thanks I'll post a profile on Fabrizio tomorrow