Christmas is usually a time of joy, peace, and love. It’s also a time when people put aside their differences, accept one another for who they are and practice unconditional love. Right?
Well, apparently not if you happen to lean towards the left. After all, there is nothing that liberals won’t attack these days, even wholesome Christmas traditions. Case in point, Carol Costello, the host of Across America With Carol Costello recently penned a piece where she outlines why the 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life is sexist. Isn’t this taking things a bit too far?
What Did Carol Costello Say?
The following is a quote from Costello that explains her reasoning behind the accusation of sexism she directs towards the Christmas classic:
“It seems like America’s every cultural moment is under review thanks to Harvey Weinstien, Roy Moore and the rest of the men accused of sexual misconduct this year. I can’t even watch a Christmas movie like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ without wondering if it is inherently sexist. And I love that movie.”
She goes on to say more about the movie and why she feels it’s sexist:
“But seriously, 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?”
The Plot of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to watch the black-and-white classic that is a mainstay in many people’s Christmas traditions, let’s look at the plot for explanation sake.
The movie is called “It’s a Wonderful Life” because the film’s star George Bailey learns by the end of the movie what a truly blessed life he has lived. He learns this lesson thanks to the fact that he is given the opportunity by an angel to see what the world would’ve looked like had he never been born.
It is during this portion of that movie that the viewer sees the way Mary’s life would’ve turned out had she not met, fell in love with and married George. It is here that the viewer sees her as an unmarried, spinster who happens to work as the town librarian.
To be fair to Costello, Mary’s fate is in fact presented unfavorably. To call it sexist is a bit of a stretch, though. Everyone’s life in the town was impacted by George’s life in some way. For example, during this portion of the movie where George sees what the world would’ve been like without him, the viewer also sees that Georgia’s own brother dies as a young child because George wasn’t around to rescue him.
Therefore, to imply the movie is sexist simply because Mary’s life seems to be better with George than without him is taking some liberties to be sure. The whole town and everyone’s life therein is better thanks to George. Not just Mary’s.
More Holiday Traditions Under Assault
Unfortunately, It’s a Wonderful Life isn’t the only target liberals are trying to sink their fangs in. A few years ago, the Huffington Post, now called HuffPost, did a huge piece on why the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” should be considered sexist. Costello happens to agree with this. She goes on to explain why she feels that movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and songs like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” should no longer be around or at the very least enjoyed. Her quote is as follows:
“Old-fashioned songs, plays and ballets are part of the real world. 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. 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.”
There is real evil that exists in today’s world. Murderers, pedophiles, terrorists and the like are all a very real threat to a peaceful existence. Movies like It’s a Wonderful Life or songs like “Baby It’s Cold Outside” are hardly in the same category as those evils.
It’s a Wonderful Life in particular is about as far opposite as one could get from evil. It teaches viewers a lesson about enjoying life — that we have all been blessed if we just open our eyes to see the wonder that is present. What could be wrong with that? Nothing.
~ Conservative Zone