Skip to comments.Martin Luther King Jr. biopic dropped by Oliver Stone after script with adultery rejected
Posted on 01/20/2014 8:01:16 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
Oliver Stone announced on Friday he is no longer involved with an upcoming movie about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after the studio rejected his script.
"Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won't go with it," the director wrote on Twitter.
"The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King's spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being," Stone continued. "I'm told the estate & the 'respectable' black community that guard King's reputation won't approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth. I wish you could see the film I would've made. I fear if 'they' ever make it, it'll be just another commemoration of the March on Washington. Martin, I grieve for you. You are still a great inspiration for your fellow Americans--but, thank God, not a saint."
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Sounds like the King Family wants more money.
Look for Jesse Jackson to negotiate a higher extortion fee.
In this case I agree with them. Regardless of whatever else he may have been or done, MLK did a lot more good in his lifetime than whatever any personal transgressions might have resulted in. I’d say the same if it was Ronald Reagan or MLK, no good purpose is served by debasing those historic figures in the way scum like Oliver Stone will do.
We all have feet of clay.
That is what nearly the entire King Clan is about in my opinion. With the exception of one of the daughters, IIRC, they are all, and were (Queen Coretta, especially) grifters intent on $$$.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
But the point here is that the studio[s] give Stone carte blanche to delve into the “feet of clay” of conservatives and only step in when its a ‘progressive’ icon like MLK.
I am of two minds. Is Andy Young telling the truth, just protecting the vested interest of the King family, or is Hollywood so vested in sex that they want to make adultery the centerpiece of his career?
Could this be why modern day ‘rats fail to follow King’s teachings? Because they don’t subscribe to adulterers or plagiarists??
If so, this could be the first documented case of libs living by principle!! (Even by accident!)
Happy community organizer day.
When I used to listen the The “G Man”,back in the day,he stated on his radio show that King picked a fight with J.Edgar Hoover. Big mistake. King cheated on his wife with white woman mostly.
Someone asked Abernathy if it was true that MLK was a serial philanderer. He responded that MLK had his weaknesses and one of them was he needed women, lots of women. Not so different from John F. Kennedy.
This is the least of what is in his sealed FBI file and neither Dr. King, the clergymen who worked with him most closely or even his wife and family ever denied it. So why does Hollywood? I thought it was a badge of honor in Hollywood anyway.
On the whole, his doctrine of equality and nonviolence is about as good as any I've seen. It does not make him a god, however. Nor does it qualify his heirs to continually reap the monetary benefits of the legend.
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Well, then, I guess any mention of King’s membership in the Revolutionary Communist Party USA would also be rejected.
“Yeah, we can’t have any silly feet of clay details like CPUSA affiliations or a “Reverend” having an affair getting in the way of a good story telling or hero worship.”
Seems like a popular “failing” for more than a few “Black reverends,” doesn’t it? Or did Jesse “learn” the behavior from King?
The myth of MLK not unlike the myth of JFK. A lot of image and form - the actual substance is another story.
Race hustling and poverty pimping pays. It's more about "feelings" and what people say than facts or what they do.
--- "There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. - Booker T. Washington 1856-1915
This guy called it about a hundred years ago. Imagine what he'd say today.
His family has been very non-commercial. On what are you basing this stereotyped comment.