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Martin Luther King Jr. biopic dropped by Oliver Stone after script with adultery rejected
Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY ^ | January 20, 2014 at 7:14 AM | By Geoff Herbert

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: culturewars; hollywood; hollywoodreds; mlk; mlkmovie; oliverstone; oliverstoned; revisionisthistory; stalinisttactics
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Liberal Hollywood strikes again! Not even committed leftist Oliver Stone can get a script green lit that depicts MLK as anything but a saint.

(Posted under "Culture/Society," per FR guidelines which indicate it is for "Discussion of ...arts, humanity, sports, and other cultural and societal issues.")

1 posted on 01/20/2014 8:01:17 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"I'm told the estate & the 'respectable' black community that guard King's reputation won't approve it

Sounds like the King Family wants more money.

Look for Jesse Jackson to negotiate a higher extortion fee.

2 posted on 01/20/2014 8:03:59 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
It is against the Progressive code of ethics to tell the truth.
3 posted on 01/20/2014 8:05:17 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

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.


4 posted on 01/20/2014 8:05:45 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Michael.SF.
Sounds like the King Family wants more money.

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 $$$.

5 posted on 01/20/2014 8:06:20 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"I'm told the estate & the 'respectable' black community that guard King's reputation won't approve it.

Does this imply that MLK was not a 'public figure.'
6 posted on 01/20/2014 8:06:37 AM PST by posterchild
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7 posted on 01/20/2014 8:08:17 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: bigbob

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.


8 posted on 01/20/2014 8:10:40 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

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?


9 posted on 01/20/2014 8:10:40 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Gaffer

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!)


10 posted on 01/20/2014 8:11:50 AM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: bigbob
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.

Happy community organizer day.

11 posted on 01/20/2014 8:13:13 AM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

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.


12 posted on 01/20/2014 8:15:16 AM PST by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
In a previously life, I once attended a gathering which featured Ralph Abernathy, the clergyman who was the most acquainted with MLK in life.

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.

13 posted on 01/20/2014 8:17:23 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Dr. Pritchett
I don't know. The man, not a god as is commonly portrayed by the left, was indeed a man who like any other man had foibles and frailties like any other.

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.

14 posted on 01/20/2014 8:21:07 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Repeat Offender

             


i like greasemonkey

15 posted on 01/20/2014 8:27:21 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Well, then, I guess any mention of King’s membership in the Revolutionary Communist Party USA would also be rejected.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 8:27:44 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Repeat Offender

“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?


17 posted on 01/20/2014 8:38:44 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

The myth of MLK not unlike the myth of JFK. A lot of image and form - the actual substance is another story.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 8:49:31 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: vette6387
Seems like a popular “failing” for more than a few “Black reverends,” doesn’t it? Or did Jesse “learn” the behavior from King?

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.

19 posted on 01/20/2014 8:58:00 AM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Michael.SF.
Sounds like the King Family wants more money.

His family has been very non-commercial. On what are you basing this stereotyped comment.

20 posted on 01/20/2014 8:58:19 AM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Libs sure love to make political hay out of the Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemmings relationship, to the point of discrediting all the work Jefferson did in architecting a new form of government. Seems a bit ... duplicitous? ... that these same people act as apologists for King’s “indiscretions.”


21 posted on 01/20/2014 8:58:22 AM PST by IronJack
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To: bigbob

Stone managed to do a 3-hour movie on JFK that omitted Jack’s dalliances. Granted, it was about the assassination, but still he was presented in the beginning as an ideal husband, father, and president. Interestingly,with the negative portrayals of homosexuality in JFK, he probably couldn’t get THAT script approved today


22 posted on 01/20/2014 9:03:07 AM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: bigbob
Tell it like it is or call the movie historically based fiction. Most movies that are supposed to be historical and advertise themselves as such pander to correctness. We don't need any more reinforcement of the notion that MLK was a saint.

Would we be any better of if Oliver Stone didn't tell the true story he did in "Born on the Fourth of July"?

23 posted on 01/20/2014 9:03:37 AM PST by grania
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

...but blasphemous movies about Jesus are totally cool with Hollywood.


24 posted on 01/20/2014 9:05:36 AM PST by OrangeHoof (2001-2008: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If they did a movie on George Washington today at least three quarters of it would be about him owning slaves,but mlk was a saint


25 posted on 01/20/2014 9:08:07 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: Michael.SF.

Sounds like the King family is protecting the legacy of its patriarch. That’s what good families do.


26 posted on 01/20/2014 9:08:53 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Repeat Offender

“Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

“Grievances” is the convenient canard for Blacks that allows them to think that they can avoid any real consequences for their anti-soclal behavior. it’s actually sad now that they are finally suffering death at the hands of non-Blacks who have had enough, and based on the daily press accounts posted here on FR from around the country, they are not quick learners.


27 posted on 01/20/2014 9:11:07 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Albion Wilde; Michael.SF.

Somehow I thought the family was involved in a number of lawsuits. Didn’t they sue Boston University to get back The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King’s papers?

The Reverend who cavorts with prostitutes and assaults them, the Doctor who plagiarizes his dissertation. But then he was also a communist.


28 posted on 01/20/2014 9:13:14 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Mr. Lucky

A good family protecting his legacy? Ah, that’s why they wanted his papers back. They didn’t want researchers finding more plagiarism.


29 posted on 01/20/2014 9:14:56 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Albion Wilde
”His family has been very non-commercial

You really have not paid too much attention to this subject, have you?

The King Family Demands $800,000 to Use MLK’s Image

The Shameless Profiting from the MLK Memorial

Harry Belafonte is Suing the Family of Dr. Martin Luther King

Mercedes tries to use Martin Luther King's image to drive car sales:

The King family's efforts to commercialize King's legacy have drawn periodic criticism, beginning in 1997 when the family struck a multimillion-dollar deal with Time Warner to produce recordings of his speeches and books based on his writings. The family's supporters said the arrangement would spread King's message and help support the nonprofit King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.

King's heirs licensed the footage to Mercedes for an undisclosed fee through their for-profit company, Intellectual Properties Management of Atlanta. IPM's representatives didn't respond to requests for comment

30 posted on 01/20/2014 9:20:33 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: Mr. Lucky
Sounds like the King family is protecting the legacy of its patriarch.

They are doing quite well financially in doing so. Read as much of the linked LA Times piece as you can stomach.

31 posted on 01/20/2014 9:28:55 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: Gaffer

I always thot that if streets, etc., need to be renamed they should have been called “Rosa Parks.” She was the real gutsy one. the rest, King-Jackson-Sharpton cabal just made an industry out of victimhood.


32 posted on 01/20/2014 9:51:04 AM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

There’s supposedly some FBI audio tape recordings of King’s trysts. That’d make for some interesting audio.


33 posted on 01/20/2014 9:51:48 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

The sentence that stood out to me was Stone saying he did an intensive re-write of the script. What that means is he polished it a little here and there then claimed co-writer status.


34 posted on 01/20/2014 9:55:25 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Michael.SF.

Good grief. I stand corrected. tsk


35 posted on 01/20/2014 10:00:52 AM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: cherokee1
The Rosa Parks incident was setup. Another girl was selected to be the "Rosa;" however, the teenager "fell pregnant" while unmarried and was deemed unsuitable.

The whole event was staged to provide a catalyst for a pre-planned boycott of the bus lines.

36 posted on 01/20/2014 10:01:44 AM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: VerySadAmerican

I took it as he wrote the script and then had to rewrite it in an effort to placate the studio and the MLK family.


37 posted on 01/20/2014 10:04:02 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: RobbyS

I’m old enought to remember back before the “March on Washington” and before MLK was thought of as a “saint”. He was a speaker and civil rights activist. Period.

I don’t know if it was mere propaganda, or the truth leaking out, but rumor had it that MLK regularly cheated on his wife and family. Remember, in those days the press ignored JFK and LBJ’s philandering. If the subject didn’t concern the man’s job or his family life, it didn’t appear in the newspapers of the day.

My dad heard from a sheriff’s deputy who escorted and provided security for MLK’s bus that the reverend and his entourage welcomed the services of other “escorts”.

He may well have been lying through his teeth, but with all the money, fat egos, fame, and building adulation surrounding the man, I’m almost certain they had their women followers. Surely, these girls were dealt with, one way or the other, but I doubt anyone read to them from the bible.


38 posted on 01/20/2014 10:06:30 AM PST by floralamiss ("If anything, the new taboo is decency." --Jonah Goldberg)
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To: Vigilanteman

Currently, there is probably more to be gained by the family, and others who glom off the MLK legacy by perpetuating the “sainthood” myth. Among other honors, it got their family member a memorial statue on the Washington Mall.

As the present generations fade, race-baiting becomes less lucrative, and the cash flow at the MLK Foundation slows, look for books and biopics to surface about MLK, the man.

It probably won’t happen in my lifetime, but eventually the pigeons will poop and the truth will out.


39 posted on 01/20/2014 10:28:48 AM PST by floralamiss ("If anything, the new taboo is decency." --Jonah Goldberg)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Frankly, I care less about whether the MLK movie talks about his serial adultery than I do about it acknowledging his ties to Communism. The way I see it, Oliver Stone’s version was going to be a hagiography with a little adultery sprinkled in, but whitewashing the things that made King truly dangerous. There were plenty of Civil Rights heroes that weren’t Communists that we should honor before honoring MLK.


40 posted on 01/20/2014 10:36:43 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what ma kes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Gaffer

“With the exception of one of the daughters, IIRC”


Perhaps you are recalling correctly, but it also is possible that you’re thinking of his niece, pro-life activist Alveda King: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alveda_King


41 posted on 01/20/2014 10:39:00 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what ma kes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: floralamiss
The FBI Files are due to be unsealed in 2027. I still plan on being around then, my health and the Good Lord willing.
42 posted on 01/20/2014 10:49:39 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

You are correct. My bad.


43 posted on 01/20/2014 11:35:29 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: DungeonMaster

{ping} ... because I can’t ping ol’ bw (may he R.I.P.) ...


44 posted on 01/20/2014 12:03:26 PM PST by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson, 1824)
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To: bigbob

Your adoration of a man associated with communists is interesting.


45 posted on 01/20/2014 12:17:28 PM PST by JimSp
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To: martin_fierro

I remember listening to G. Gordon Liddy on the radio years ago and he said that the FBI tapes of MLK made Bill Clinton look like a Boy Scout. That’s what got me first questioning the idol known as MLK.


46 posted on 01/20/2014 1:15:46 PM PST by Sister_T (So, ACA is the law of the land? Remember: DADT and DOMA were the laws of the land! Repeal ACA!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Par for the course. But what’s stopping Stone from making his own movie his way then? Hollywood hardly likes Mel Gibson any more, but he still gets movies made.


47 posted on 01/20/2014 1:23:10 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: Repeat Offender

Or that MLK was a Pubbie before JFK coopted him.


48 posted on 01/20/2014 1:52:45 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Stone’s film would have been both about adultery and Marxism with King portrayed as some sort of Che figure.


49 posted on 01/20/2014 1:59:20 PM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Revolting cat!

MLKJR was whitewashed!


50 posted on 01/20/2014 2:05:00 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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