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AMC Labels ‘Goodfellas’ Offensive to Appease Woke Mob

In a recent, bewildering move that could only make sense in today’s hyper-sensitive cultural climate, AMC Networks has decided to slap a trigger warning on the iconic mobster film Goodfellas. This decision has unsurprisingly ruffled a few feathers, provoking ire from audiences and industry insiders alike who respect the film’s raw, unfiltered portrayal of mob life. Apparently, the network felt compelled to warn viewers that the film contains “language and/or cultural stereotypes that are inconsistent with today’s standards of inclusion and tolerance and may offend some viewers.” Let’s be clear: Goodfellas is about cold-blooded mobsters, not choir boys; it’s ludicrous to expect a film about hardened criminals to conform to today’s hyper-sensitive cultural norms.

Goodfellas dives into the gritty reality of mafia life. It’s based on the true story of Henry Hill, a notorious mobster deeply involved with the Lucchese crime family. Hill’s world was brutal and ruthless, far removed from the sanitized narratives now demanded by the arbiters of cultural sensitivity. The absurdity of appending a trigger warning to such a film highlights a concerning trend toward revising historical narratives to avoid offending the woke mob.

The warning was reportedly first added amidst the tumult of the Black Lives Matter protests, during a time when businesses and cultural institutions bent over backward to avoid offending anyone. This isn’t just about being considerate; it’s about a dangerous cultural shift that prioritizes comfort over historical accuracy and artistic integrity. Bo Ditel, a former NYPD cop who appeared in the film, feels political correctness has stripped away the raw truth of historical representation. “You can’t cleanse history,” Ditel asserted, a reminder that altering our portrayal of the past does a disservice to everyone, especially those who seek to learn from it.

AMC’s decision isn’t just a minor footnote in the ongoing culture wars; it represents a significant battle over the freedom of artistic expression and historical truth. When even a classic film isn’t safe from the sanitizing effects of modern-day moral arbiters, it sets a dangerous precedent. It’s as if these cultural custodians believe the public is incapable of viewing historical portrayals through the lens of the times in which they were made.

In essence, what AMC has done with Goodfellas is more than a cautionary disclaimer; it’s a symptom of a broader societal ailment where the past is judged by the ever-evolving standards of the present, and where artistic and historical authenticity is sacrificed at the altar of political correctness. It’s high time we resist this trend and stand up for the preservation of our cultural heritage in its most unvarnished form.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.