CNN’s Carol Costello spent her Christmas writing a ridiculous op-ed for her network’s website in which she lectured readers on the perils of enjoying classic holiday songs and movies that no longer lived up to our high-falutin feminist morals of the present. Included in the mix: Frank Capra’s perennial favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which Costello says she can no longer watch “without wondering if it is inherently sexist.”
“But seriously,” she writes, “if gorgeous, brilliant Mary had never met her George Bailey, would she have ended up working in a library? Worse than that, would she have been an old maid — a fate apparently worse than death when the movie was made in 1946?”
After having a soft debate with herself over whether feminists and other liberals were, perhaps, getting a little bit “too sensitive” about pop culture touchstones like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” Costello ultimately determines that’s not the case.
“Old-fashioned songs, plays and ballets are a part of the real world,” she insists. “They can influence the way kids think about gender roles. Perhaps it is time we retire these dinosaurs and bask in a brighter, more equitable future. It’s happening right under our noses. After all, women are leading the box office in 2017 — and not one, unlike Ulla in ‘The Producers,’ sings a song called ‘If You Got It, Flaunt It.’
After cooing over “The Last Jedi,” the all-female “Ghostbusters” remake, and the forthcoming all-female “Oceans 8,” Costello returns to the subject.
“I plan to run to the theater to see [Sandra Bullock] and company rule,” she concludes. “But have I cooled to classics like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside?’ Kinda. I most certainly will never watch that movie or hear that song in the same way I did when I was a kid. And that’s a good thing.”
Is it? Is it, really? Or have you allowed your (highly questionable) 2017 liberal morals to take such deep root in your soft brain tissue that you can no longer separate ANYTHING – not old Christmas movies, not old Christmas ballads – from your politics? Even if you’re right that there is some kind of inherent sexism in these pop culture treasures…so what? Can’t you set aside your feminist politics even for a moment and just let something be as it is. Does EVERYTHING have to turn into some fight for what you still jokingly call “equality?”
This is how a movement jumps the shark. We can get behind the #MeToo movement, although we’d like to see some of these accused men get the due process that every other class of accused gets. But when it comes to tearing down iconic songs and movies just for the sake of imposing some screwed-up, modern-day morality to them…it gets really silly. As silly as tearing down Confederate statues for the sake of stopping modern “oppression.”
Take a chill pill, sip some eggnog, and get a life. It’s wonderful, you know?