‘Change the damn channel!’ Miserable woke movie critics gripe over ‘toxic masculinity’ in Christmas classics

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Some never-satisfied wokesters are reportedly trying to cancel, at least rhetorically, some retroactively “problematic” (to use one of the left’s favorite words) holiday movies that families across America traditionally gather around during Christmas to watch together.

The much-beloved and inspirational 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life with James Stewart and Donna Reed apparently has not avoided condemnation. Referring to Stewart’s lead character, “George Bailey was an emotionally-abusive and a manipulative misogynist,” one Twitter user claimed.

Another lamented the lack of diversity in Bedford Falls, the fictional location of what is considered one of the greatest movies of all time.

According to the New York Post, other films subject to progressive panning from “woke wannabe film critics” through the application of year-zero standards include The Holiday, a somewhat edgy romcom from 2006 that starred Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black (too much toxic masculinity and other forms of male misbehavior).

“While many Americans find comfort in reruns of these films, some Scrooge-like viewers claim the Christmas classics should be thrown out like an unwanted gift,” the Post quipped.

Others that are supposedly not measuring up to woke criteria are The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen (1994), now deemed too fat-phobic, and Jingle All the Way (a 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle), described in an apparently now-deleted tweet as “a deeply problematic s–t fest about late capitalism.”

The multi-storyline cult film Love Actually (2003), which is cringe-worthy for several other reasons, has also “made politically correct critics furious,” the Post asserted, in the context of one plot thread in which smitten now-Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln (much earlier in his acting career, obviously) essentially stalks his best friend’s wife.

As a side note, It’s a Wonderful Life is unique in that it celebrates individualism and personal responsibility, as well as cohesive communities working together (without government bailouts), and condemns predatory capitalism.

The woke contingent may not be fully aware that the family-friendly Hallmark cable channels have been running a 24/7, feel-good, Christmas movie marathon for at least a month with content that might be considered problematic to some degree.

At the risk of oversimplification, the plots of the Hallmark movies generally consist of some variation of the following that may run counter to traditional tenets of feminism, but which seem to be resonating with an audience:

An ambitious career woman returns to her close-knit hometown for Christmas (or to address a family issue). There she reunites with her brawny and earthy high school sweetheart in the course of some community charitable endeavor. She ultimately decides to part ways with the corporate life and her boring ladder-climbing boyfriend in favor of the more authentic and nurturing small-town ambiance.

Twitter users reacting to the Post article implied, among other things, that woke critics of a harmless Christmas-themed film, as probably small in number as they might be, have forgotten that it’s just a movie (*warning for language).


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