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Originally posted by Erongaricuaro
I am going to go against the crowd here. I have not seen the movie so have to take that into consideration.
It may not be Twain's words but movies are most often not. Read the book! That said, I don't think it is such a bad change. I grew up in the 50's and that is the way we talked then but that has changed and most people think that is for the better. In the 50's we were a bunch of bigoted idiots not so much because it was in our hearts but that it was in our speech and therefore in our minds.
I am quite sure the movie, though I have not seen it yet, can still tell this epic story quite well without the the use of racial epitaphs. The speech in the movie can reflect the times and feelings of those days without speaking verbatim words used but words that reflect the feeling. As a kid in the 50's I used the n-word as did most of us but that was without feeling animosity toward the people it was referring to. We can drop the use of the word today and still reflect what was in the hearts and minds of the people then. Most of us now can speak our hearts and still be kind. Those words mean something different today than they did then.
The media is a reflection of our times. If you want Twain's words, read the book.
edit on 5-1-2011 by Erongaricuaro because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by randomname
the book is 290 pages long, the n-word is said over 200 times. come on, they're other names to call a black guy. mark twain could have kept the n-word under 10 times and still have made the same point.
i bet that's why the book was so popular in his day. the toothless hillbilly hicks in the south couldn't get enough of the n-word.
Originally posted by Q2IN2Y
I never understood why people would willingly want to keep a word in based solely on some principle of free speech.
You know the power of the word, you know the negativity of the word. You know how the word was used in the past, and what it's connection is... yet you still defend it.
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
Outrage Over New Edition of "Huckleberry Finn"
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New editions of the American classics "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" are in the works with all the N-words taken out. Is it censorship? Our panel weighs in on the controversy. Plus, an inside look at the Falcon Lake murder. John Walsh weighs in on the cold case along the Texas-Mexico border. Was the victim killed by Mexican pirates? His body has never been found.