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Posted on 06/10/2011 4:57:20 AM PDT by naturalman1975
The Dambusters dog N****r will be renamed Digger for a modern remake of the iconic film to avoid offending American viewers, it has emerged.
Script writer Stephen Fry, 53, has confirmed that pilot Guy Gibson's faithful black Labrador will be renamed for the forthcoming Peter Jackson movie.
In the original 1955 film Gibson's dog's name was spoken 12 times as a code word to report successful dam breaches to RAF Bomber Command.
But Fry, who is writing the script for the long-awaited remake, has revealed he will now be renamed Digger to avoid offending American viewers.
He said: 'There is no question in America that you could ever have a dog called the N-word.
'It's no good saying that it is the Latin word for black or that it didn't have the meaning that it does now - you just can't go back, which is unfortunate.
'You can go to RAF Scampton and see the dog's grave and there he is with his name, and it's an important part of the film.
'The name of the dog was a code word to show that the dam had been successfully breached.
'In the film, you're constantly hearing 'n-word, n-word, n-word, hurray' and Barnes Wallis is punching the air.
'But obviously that's not going to happen now. So Digger seems okay, I reckon.'
The iconic 1955 film tells the story of British Second World War scientists who developed a bouncing bomb as a means of attacking Germany's dams.
During the film a special squadron of Lancaster bombers, 617 Squadron, is formed and trained by Wing Commander Guy Gibson.
His black Labrador dog N*gger is present throughout the film and his name repeatedly used as a code word to report successful breaches of dams.
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Why are we being reminded what age Stephen Fry is?
Do other scriptwriters get their age appended?
Agere Contra (45)
Why don’t they just call the dog “Politically Correct” ?
What, “nigger?” Fugawdsakes it’s all you hear when you’re in a crowd of blacks in this city.
So now we are changing history in the name of political
correctness, THAT I find offensive!
Sorry, patriotic Australians with a sense of history are not an Accredited Victim Group. (Maybe they could have renamed the dog, “Chigger” ;-).
It’s funny, because I heard two black men in the gym on Wednesday calling each other “nigger,” and referring to other blacks as “that nigger,” and then on the way home, I heard Andrew Wilkow, on his radio show, refer to “the n-word.” He can’t say the word, even if he’s simply quoting someone, or he’ll lose his job.
But what about if he was? There still wouldn't be any good reason to change this.
If Wing Commander Guy Gibson, Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order and Bar, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, was a racist, then I think the positive aspects of his character and personal history, are more than enough to balance out one unfortunate personal characteristic being shown in a film. He didn't need to be a saint to get the job he had to do done. He didn't need to be perfect, so what would it matter if he wasn't? We don't need to sanitise history or historical figures - we need to show them as they were.
How about if I, as an Australian, say that I find the use of the word 'Digger' - a term applied to Australian troops since the First World War - offensive if applied to a dog. Do you think anyone would listen to me?
Do you have dozens of "your people" or rap "artists" calling each other "Digger" every other sentence? If so, then you can be offended.
By whom? Certainly not me.
Remember when movie makers used to create original films instead of recycling past works?
Actually “Digger” would be a splendid nickname for the present recumbent in the WH. It will take us the better part of decade to dig out of the hole this SOB has dug us into, making us all I suppose, “Diggers,” which I am sure was part of his plan.
I’m looking forward to it (now that I’ve heard about it).
You can't call them that anymore. You have to call them "Chigroes" (just to be safe you know)
The book, "633 Squadron" is a fascinating read and covers all of the special missions the squadron conducted from the dam busting mission through the destruction of the Turpiz and the V-3 launching sites.
The irony is that the program for the dinner honoring the Squadron after the first mission called them "The Damn Busters"!
right! cause people of color do not exist in jolly old England, right?
(do I really need to post ‘SARC’?)
I actually am looking forward to it - when the film was made in 1955, some important details were still classified, and I’m hoping they will be included in the new film.
Are you a member of a protected ‘victim’ class?
I did not know that the letter '*' had been added to the English alphabet.
But I suppose if the United States can have 57 states, the alphabet can have 27 letters.
Does anyone what sound(s) are involved in pronouncing this new letter? Is it a vowel, or a consonant? Or, is it, perhaps, another 'sometimes' letter like 'y'?
I’ve had enough of this dam PC nonsense.
They shouldn’t call it a remake. This is a film that retells an event. The ‘original’ Dambusters film wasn’t original - it was of course a film of the real-world story.
Another example: ‘Titanic’ wasn’t a remake of the (vastly superior and more historically accurate) ‘A Night to Remember’ but a retelling of the Titanic sinking.
Also: “Pearl Harbor” was not a remake of “Tora Tora Tora”.
The article writer needs to tighten his terms up.
The continued downfall of the Western world...
Please, please, please watch you language.
They now want to be referred to as “Chigroes”, not Chiggers.
A pc variant of history ?
Another movie I will not waste cash on....
Roll over; Dog of color
Step, Dog of color
Fetch it; Dog of color.
...beat me to it...
Dam busters or bouncing bomb
‘Saving Private Ryan’ was a PC remake of history.
This will be a stirring wartime adventure. And in the middle of all the heroism and dam-smashing spectacle, the film-makers will silently insert a renamed dog.
as an Elem. School Spec. Ed. teacher, I sent a kid to the corner for using that word...he is black & I’m white (he was rapping). I told him that too many people fought & died just so his race wouldn’t be called that all the time.
Maybe the new movie should be called "The Darn Busters".
I have the original version of dambusters......
I didn’t pay to see SPR either.
That a problem ?
I love the original, a remake will never take its place, and I hate the political correcting, but I’m a special effects nut and look forward to how the dambusting will look.
If they cast an all black cast including Samuel Jackson,Chris Tucker etc,,could the N-word THEN be used????
I would not have a problem with it. I would just as soon consign that word to the ash heap of history. But the people who produce hip-hop apparently just refuse to let it die.
This is why I mention "Saving Private Ryan" - which was a dishonorable PC distortion of the 'Fighting Andersons' story.
But not going to see a historical film because the filmmakers renamed a dog does sound like a bizarre decision, yes.
When I was a kid, it was, E-NE-ME-MINEE-MO, Catch a .....
Nobody thought anything about it. It was just something you said.
Better yet, they should use a WHITE dog in the movie..
Actually “633 Squadron” was a different movie (Cliff Robertson).
The Dam Busters were 617 Squareon.
Squareon = Squadron
There was originally an “i” there but it was donated to a vowel deficient eastern European country.
I guess when George Carlin redoes his “7 Dirty Words” routine he’ll be down to “One Dirty Word, Unless You’re the Proper Skin Shade,” which doesn’t have nearly as much comedic potential.
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