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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Rocky 3

So, when I collapsed on the couch at 9 last night after work, my husband was watching Rocky 3.  He muttered something about "not wanting to watch the news."

?!?!? I don't even know what that means.

Well, he still got an earful.

Remember Rocky 3?  Oh!  It was so good!  Let's take a walk down memory lane and visit the 80s, a time when we weren't a bunch of racists.

In this installment of the series, Rocky fights Mr. T.  Now, as lovable as he is now, in this movie T was a chump.  To defeat Mr. T, Rocky enlists the help of his friend, Apollo Creed.

Race wasn't mentioned once.  Not once.  This is the era in which I grew up.

No one cared about race.  But, today, this movie wouldn't even be made.  Someone would call it racist because Mr. T was bad.

In the 80s, we really were judging people on the content of their character, not he color of their skin.  Mr. T was black and was a real jerk.  Apollo was black and a real nice guy.  That's it.

What has happened to us?

Rocky 3 also has one of the best hard work montages in all of film.  Rocky and Apollo work out to the theme song.  Man, are they in incredible shape.  Rocky wants to better himself so:

HE WORKS HARD!  No one, not even once, mentions that a government program should be established so that Rocky can feel better about himself.  Not once.

Instead of a hard work montage, I guess that a movie today would have a "sign up for government programs" montage.

In just 30 short years, we have gone from a country that absolutely loved the idea of hard work and no one cared about the race of the good guys or the bad guys to one of apathy, victimization and racism.

In such a short period of time, we have absolutely demonized hard work and success,  all in the name of race.

God, please, save us from ourselves.