The treacly liberal drama, whose main purpose seemed to be to allow talented director Robert Zemeckis to showcase yet another new approach to special effects, is now on a new blacklist.
(Don’t worry, this blacklist, unlike the bad kind, is good, because it’s about punishing wrongthink.)
What did Forrest Gump do to end up on a blacklist alongside Gone With the Wind, The Searchers, and Dirty Harry, which have at least a long history of infuriating proggies?
While the film is condescending to anyone with a disability, Vietnam vets and people with AIDS, among others, it’s actually hostile to protesters, activists and the counterculture. As a bonus, “lovable” title character Nathan Bedford Forrest was named after his grandfather, the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
It’s “condescending”. Which Hollywood movie isn’t?
But to be a prog is also to be painfully humorless. Naming Forrest after NBF was part of the joke. Both the movie and the book take great care to condemn the Klan and explain that it’s an evil organization. Forrest is the opposite of a racist and incapable of even understanding racism. That’s the movie’s humanistic liberalism. And that is what really offends proggies.
This requires a warning label.
Also Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Silence of the Lambs, and True Lies for unflattering portraits of Muslim terrorists, transgender serial killers, and thugee cult members.
Good thing Variety forgot this Gump quote, “Life is like a box of chocolates, sometimes you open the box and all the chocolates are gone because they’ve been confiscated by socialists and if you try to complain, they send you to a gulag.”