1. The Canadian Broadcast Company edited Donald Trump’s cameo out of “Home Alone II” when the Christmas-themed family film was aired this week. That sets some kind of record for pettiness, don’t you think? The CBC lamely denies that they meant anything by it, responding to an inquiry, “As is often the case with features adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited to allow for commercial time within the format.” Sure. I believe that! Don’t you believe that?
2. One cable station ran “Die Hard” all day. That’s a great way to entertain families on Christmas. Well, to be honest, we started to watch it at the Marshall house, until it became apparent that every single arguably vulgar word was edited out, making the whole film sound like a skipping LP. “Shit” and “fuck” were gone; “dumbass” became “Dumb—-“. And the movie’s signature line, the catchphrase that was used in all four sequels, “Yippee-kiyay, motherfucker,” was censored. Unethical. I thought this battle was won when they stopped cutting “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” from “Gone With The Wind,” and “Fill your hand you sonofabitch!” out of “True Grit.” If you won’t show the whole movie, then don’t pretend to show the movie.
3. Disney has cut a same sex female kiss in the version of “The Rise of Skywalker” that is being shown in Singapore, so children can see it. “The applicant has omitted a brief scene which under the Film Classification Guidelines would require a higher rating,” a spokeswoman from Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development said. Naturally, LGBTQ groupd stateside are making a big deal about it. That’s nonsensical. The film is not political or some kind of a pro-gay declaration. The kiss was not central to the plot, and if other recent products are any indication (I haven’t see the film), it was probably gratuitous pandering anyway.
Director J.J. Abrams had promoted the scene, saying ,“Part of the whole experience was to see a same-sex couple have a moment together that was explicitly saying in this galaxy, everyone is there and is welcome,.”
To which I say, “gag me with a spoon.” The absence of openly gay charaters doesn’t mean a movie is saying that they don’t exist. If you watch an action movie wondering about the sexual orientations of the characters, something is the matter with you. Their sexuality is irrelevant. I don’t mind gay relationships in dramas; I do object to the current obsession with showing them in every drama, creating the false believe that the absence of any group in a film or TV show is an insult to them.