Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Uhh...that ain't right.



We have Comcast On-Demand with a built in "DVR"...aka, Tivo. As such, I'm under constant pressure to scan all the movie channels at ALL hours to make sure I don't miss any movies. For instance, Robert Altman's BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS was on at some ungodly hour and now it rests comfortably in our DVR.

Tonight I was scanning channels and stumbled upon what seems to be some weird racist night on Turner Classic Movies.As I look now, I see tonights theme is in fact, "Race and Hollywood." Still...this seemed really inappropriate:

5:00-8:30 D.W. Griffith's racist (but still brilliant) BIRTH OF A NATION
8:30-9:15 Harold Lloyd in HAUNTED SPOOKS It's a comedy about a heiress being scared out of her mansion by....spooks? Uhhh....

Then 9:15-11:15 is UNCLE TOM'S CABIN and after that, THE JAZZ SINGER (the first talkie!).

It's as if TCM thought some light comedy was needed to soften the seriousness of the African-American portrayl in Hollywood. Seems odd to me...

2 comments:

Timothy Robert McKenzie said...

Everybody Hates Birth of a Nation! Tell me why? Why Did that Birth of a Nation movie is very, very, very, VERY controversial?!!! Why did everybody hates The Birth of A Nation by D.W. Griffith? Tell me why, Don? Why?

petalumafilms@aol.com said...

I didn't say I "hated" BIRTH OF A NATION." I'm just saying it's racist. And it is....I don't have room on this reply spot to even get started on the racism...sorry.