Woke Mob Cancels 'Kindergarten Cop' for 'Romanticizing Over-Policing of Children'
Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 movie pulled for 'promoting the school-to-prison pipeline'
The radical-left woke mob has struck again, this time targetting Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 classic movie "Kindergarten Cop."
Leftists pulled the hit comedy from a film festival after protesters claimed it "romanticizes the over-policing of children" and "promotes a school-to-prison pipeline."
Activists also compared the Arnie movie to the explicitly racist 1915 silent movie Birth Of A Nation.
Organizers of the NW Film Center in Portland, Oregon announced this week that the "offensive" movie "Kindergarten Cop" would be pulled from the lineup and replaced with a documentary celebrating the life of late Rep. John Lewis.
Kindergarten Cop was filmed in Astoria, Oregon.
It had originally been selected for the festival due to its importance to the state's history in film making, and to honor the movie's 30th anniversary, according to Willamette Week.
However, far-left anti-police critics, led by local author Lois Leveen, said the PG-13 movie promoted a "school-to-prison pipeline" and "romanticizes over-policing," according to reports.
"Yes, KINDERGARTEN COP is only a movie," Leveen said in a tweet.
"So are BIRTH OF A NATION and GONE WITH THE WIND, but we recognize films like those are not 'good family fun'.
"They are relics of how pop culture feeds racist assumptions," the author added.
"There’s nothing entertaining about the presence of police in schools, which feeds the 'school-to-prison' pipeline in which African American, Latinx, and other kids of color are criminalized rather than educated," Leveen said in another tweet.
Kindergarten Cop portrays a police officer, played by Schwarzenegger, going undercover as a kindergarten teacher in order to catch a drug dealer who is targeting his own ex-wife and son.
The main character, who has no teaching experience, is shown struggling with classroom management before finding a passion for education and considering changing his career entirely.
The decision to pull Kindergarten Cop from the festival lineup was met with skepticism from some quarters.
"Nutty. Angry leftists hate Hollywood," tweeted Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, in response to the controversy.
"Anyone who disagrees will be censored."
"Hollywood, afraid of the mob, will keep funding those trying to erase any speech/movies that don’t conform," Cruz wrote.
Nutty. Angry leftists hate Hollywood. Anyone who disagrees will be censored.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 5, 2020
Hollywood, afraid of the mob, will keep funding those trying to erase any speech/movies that don’t conform. https://t.co/aZUKKaBywZ
"Kindergarten Cop and Birth of a Nation are 'both problematic movies' in the same sense that my kids and Vincent van Gogh are 'both painters'," tweeted one person.
The film had been slated to kick off Portland's Northwest Film Center's Cinema Unbound Drive-in Theater on August 6.
It has been replaced by a second showing of John Lewis: Good Trouble, a documentary about the recently deceased congressman and civil rights leader.
Other films slated to run at the festival include Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Xanadu, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and The Shining.
In recent months, protests have led to the cancellation of several police-themed television shows, including the long-running Cops and wildly popular Live PD.
In June, the epic movie Gone With The Wind was temporarily removed from streaming service HBO Max over concerns that it painted slavery in a sentimental light.
The movie returned to the streaming platform several weeks later with an added video disclaimer that states the film "denies the horrors of slavery."
It now opens with a four-minute introduction discussing the movie's depiction of race in the Civil War era and "why this 1939 epic drama should be viewed in its original form, contextualized, and discussed."
The film "presents the antebellum South as a world of grace and beauty without acknowledging the brutality of chattel slavery upon which this world was based," TCM host and film scholar Jacqueline Stewart says in the introduction.