The folks at Portland’s Northwest Film Center were planning on showing ‘Kindergarten Cop’ as part of their drive-in movie series of films. They selected the movie to highlight its connection to Oregon, since it was filmed in Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is the oldest city in the state, founded in 1811, and a lot of its vistas are featured in the movie.
But that was too much for one leftist.
From Willamette Week:
On Saturday, Portland author Lois Leveen—whose writing credits include contributions to The New York Times and The Atlantic and the book The Secrets of Mary Bowser, a novel based on the life of a slave-turned-Union spy—took to Twitter to excoriate the organization for leading off its series with the movie.
“National reckoning on overpolicing is a weird time to revive Kindergarten Cop. IRL, we are trying to end the school-to-prison pipeline,” she tweeted. “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. Five- and 6-year-olds are handcuffed and hauled off to jail routinely in this country. And this criminalizing of children increases dramatically when cops are assigned to work in schools.”
This has to win for most ridiculous tweets. It is an insane description of cops in school who are there to prevent crimes against (and by) kids. No, five and six year olds are not “handcuffed and hauled off to jail routinely.” Children are not “criminalized” but there are plenty of crimes against kids by other kids in schools. Remove them in schools that need them and more kids will be hurt.
Leveen complained to Willamette Week.
In a message sent to WW over the weekend with the subject line “Kindergarten Cop-Out: Why Does NW Film Center Think There’s Anything Fun About Cops Traumatizing Schoolchildren,” Leveen elaborated on her concerns.
“It’s true Kindergarten Cop is only a movie. So are Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind, but we recognize films like those are not ‘good family fun,'” she wrote. “They are relics of how pop culture feeds racist assumptions.”
It’s Kindergarten Cop this person is flipping out on.
Apparently just having a cop in a school now is “racist” to folks like this author who thinks “Cop” is “traumatizing.” How do people like this manage to make it through life? How that’s “racist” isn’t clear.
Now there have always been crazy leftists. The difference now is that some people are acceding to them.
So of course the Film Center pulled the showing of the movie. They better be careful what they do, because any film they run could kick off the insanity at this rate if someone has an issue with Kindergarten Cop.
— Katie Herzog (@kittypurrzog) August 4, 2020
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". https://t.co/pcvkBAeM2x
— Alex F. Baldwin (@VerumVulnero1) August 4, 2020
Kindergarten Cop got axed?!
“It’s Not a Tuuuuumaaaah!”
But Cancel Culture IS a cancer! pic.twitter.com/KPDWp3cg6O
— Jari the Hutt (@kurri_jari) August 4, 2020
I'm surprised Kindergarten Cop hasn't been banned for this scene alone. pic.twitter.com/Aq5F97I6XJ
— Slade (@Maverik023) August 4, 2020
Oh and by the way:
This is completely ridiculous. FYI, I know the “author” who complained about “Kindergarten Cop” & she’s a white woman who once wrote a book in the first person voice of a woman of color. YES, REALLY 🤦🏻♀️ #BecausePortland https://t.co/w1NTJNXFvO
— Tara Dublin Doesn’t Want You to Get Sick 😷 (@taradublinrocks) August 4, 2020