I originally saw Song of the South in the 70's when I was under 10.
|Posted: 22 December 2019 at 2:32pm | IP Logged | 2
I loved it at the time, but it was probably because I was completely unaware of the racial stereotypes being depicted.
I loved the interactions between the characters, especially the Uncle Remus character telling stories to the children. I pictured myself with other children listening adoringly to Uncle Remus tell his stories.
Now that I'm much older & wiser (HEY!), I can see why aspects of it is considered stereo-typically racist.
I've read a book by Jim Korkis, Who's Afraid of the Song of the South? which delves deeply into the making of the film... Unofficially, of course. Very interesting read.
I WANT to read the following book by Jason Sperb, Disney's Most Notorious Film: Race, Convergence, and the Hidden Histories of Song of the South. I found it in Kindle format for under $15, so when the budget permits, I will read it.
That said, as a kid I grew up more or less oblivious to racial hatred, at least on my part. I saw inklings of it here & there, but I didn't give an it-shay about skin color. All I knew was that I had friends of many different colors & I had fun with them all.
I remember seeing Song of the South with my friends & the theater was filled with all kinds & we had a great time.
The story apparently takes place shortly after the end of slavery in the U.S., so would racial stereotypes be really out of place? Are we judging the past via the "sensibilities" of the present? Should we bury what should simply be a lesson about history?
Mind you, I haven't seen the film in years. Were there scenes that I just can't recall in which people of color were treated poorly? Or is it just because of the speech patterns used?
Bottom line... Was the film really as bad as some are making it out to be? My memories (what's left of them!) tell me otherwise.