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Dambusters dog to be renamed Digger for remake of iconic film... because N-word...
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10th June 2011

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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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?
1 posted on 06/10/2011 4:57:23 AM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

Why are we being reminded what age Stephen Fry is?

Do other scriptwriters get their age appended?

Agere Contra (45)


2 posted on 06/10/2011 4:59:24 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: naturalman1975

Why don’t they just call the dog “Politically Correct” ?


3 posted on 06/10/2011 4:59:37 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: naturalman1975

What, “nigger?” Fugawdsakes it’s all you hear when you’re in a crowd of blacks in this city.


4 posted on 06/10/2011 5:00:21 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hating *me* won't make *you* handsome, intelligent, straight, male *or* white.)
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To: naturalman1975

So now we are changing history in the name of political
correctness, THAT I find offensive!


5 posted on 06/10/2011 5:01:20 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: naturalman1975

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.


6 posted on 06/10/2011 5:01:36 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("WWSP?" - What Would Sionnsar Post?)
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To: naturalman1975
You know - I have absolutely no reason whatsoever to believe that Guy Gibson was a racist, or that he was racist in naming his dog.

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.

7 posted on 06/10/2011 5:02:09 AM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

No.


8 posted on 06/10/2011 5:06:53 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: naturalman1975

Digger, please.


9 posted on 06/10/2011 5:08:00 AM PDT by Salo
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To: naturalman1975

M__A__R__K____T__W__A__I__N


10 posted on 06/10/2011 5:08:10 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Conservative Christian Capitalists - I encourage you to visit my Profile)
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To: naturalman1975
That was not an unusual name for a black dog in that era, even into the 1950’s. Nothing much was thought of it, simply a name ...
11 posted on 06/10/2011 5:09:29 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: naturalman1975
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.

12 posted on 06/10/2011 5:12:52 AM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: naturalman1975
...the long-awaited remake....

By whom? Certainly not me.

13 posted on 06/10/2011 5:13:39 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: naturalman1975

Remember when movie makers used to create original films instead of recycling past works?


14 posted on 06/10/2011 5:14:24 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: naturalman1975

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.


15 posted on 06/10/2011 5:14:30 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (We live in America's "Awkward" Era. Too late to fix the country. Bit too early to start shooting.)
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To: onedoug

I’m looking forward to it (now that I’ve heard about it).


16 posted on 06/10/2011 5:15:06 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Tax-chick
(Maybe they could have renamed the dog, “Chigger” ;-).

You can't call them that anymore. You have to call them "Chigroes" (just to be safe you know)

17 posted on 06/10/2011 5:15:24 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: naturalman1975
"The Dam Busters" was a great movie. I can hardly wait to see how political correctness totally screws the story to the wall.

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"!

18 posted on 06/10/2011 5:16:30 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: naturalman1975

right! cause people of color do not exist in jolly old England, right?

(do I really need to post ‘SARC’?)


19 posted on 06/10/2011 5:16:48 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: onedoug

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.


20 posted on 06/10/2011 5:17:15 AM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

Are you a member of a protected ‘victim’ class?


21 posted on 06/10/2011 5:17:48 AM PDT by WayneS ("I hope you know this will go down on your PERMANENT record...")
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To: naturalman1975
His black Labrador dog N*gger is present throughout the film ...

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'?

22 posted on 06/10/2011 5:23:59 AM PDT by WayneS ("I hope you know this will go down on your PERMANENT record...")
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To: naturalman1975

I’ve had enough of this dam PC nonsense.


23 posted on 06/10/2011 5:24:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Hoodat

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.


24 posted on 06/10/2011 5:24:38 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: naturalman1975

The continued downfall of the Western world...


25 posted on 06/10/2011 5:26:59 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: Tax-chick
“Maybe they could have renamed the dog, “Chigger”

Please, please, please watch you language.

They now want to be referred to as “Chigroes”, not Chiggers.

26 posted on 06/10/2011 5:35:15 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: John O

LOL!!!


27 posted on 06/10/2011 5:35:38 AM PDT by NewCenturions
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To: naturalman1975

A pc variant of history ?

Another movie I will not waste cash on....


28 posted on 06/10/2011 5:35:56 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: naturalman1975
Scenes from the original movie are part of the 'background' soundtrack (and are shown on a TV in one scene) in the movie of Pink Floyd's The Wall.
29 posted on 06/10/2011 5:37:26 AM PDT by WayneS ("I hope you know this will go down on your PERMANENT record...")
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To: John O

LOL!


30 posted on 06/10/2011 5:38:41 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("WWSP?" - What Would Sionnsar Post?)
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To: naturalman1975
Sit; Dog of color

Roll over; Dog of color

Step, Dog of color

Fetch it; Dog of color.

31 posted on 06/10/2011 5:43:30 AM PDT by N. Theknow (The MSM is to 0bama what the Broom-n-Scoop Detail is to a circus parade.)
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To: Salo
...haha...

...beat me to it...

32 posted on 06/10/2011 5:43:39 AM PDT by cyberaxe (....Uuuummpphhhh.....)
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To: naturalman1975
I wonder how much profanity they'll include for the sake of ‘realism’.
33 posted on 06/10/2011 5:44:52 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: WayneS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JqBiMgC2Wg&feature=related
Dam busters or bouncing bomb


34 posted on 06/10/2011 5:45:57 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Squantos

‘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.


35 posted on 06/10/2011 5:47:06 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: naturalman1975

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.


36 posted on 06/10/2011 5:49:05 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: Redleg Duke
"The Dam Busters"

Maybe the new movie should be called "The Darn Busters".

37 posted on 06/10/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: agere_contra

I have the original version of dambusters......

I didn’t pay to see SPR either.

That a problem ?


38 posted on 06/10/2011 5:55:12 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: naturalman1975

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.


39 posted on 06/10/2011 5:55:54 AM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: Salo

Chuckle.


40 posted on 06/10/2011 5:59:19 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

If they cast an all black cast including Samuel Jackson,Chris Tucker etc,,could the N-word THEN be used????


41 posted on 06/10/2011 6:08:26 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: naturalman1975

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.


42 posted on 06/10/2011 6:10:36 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Squantos
Not going to see a historical film because the makers messed with the entire concept of what the film is supposed to be about would be perfectly reasonable, nay laudable.

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.

43 posted on 06/10/2011 6:14:46 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: BluH2o
Nothing much was thought of it, simply a name ...

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.

44 posted on 06/10/2011 6:16:00 AM PDT by super7man
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To: naturalman1975
Whule we're at it, let's relabel the rap group NWA as DWAS..Diggers with Attitude>

Better yet, they should use a WHITE dog in the movie..

45 posted on 06/10/2011 6:17:31 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: Redleg Duke

Actually “633 Squadron” was a different movie (Cliff Robertson).

The Dam Busters were 617 Squareon.


46 posted on 06/10/2011 6:18:15 AM PDT by catman67
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To: catman67

Squareon = Squadron


47 posted on 06/10/2011 6:18:50 AM PDT by catman67
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To: WayneS

There was originally an “i” there but it was donated to a vowel deficient eastern European country.


48 posted on 06/10/2011 6:19:41 AM PDT by super7man
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To: naturalman1975

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.


49 posted on 06/10/2011 6:21:04 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: naturalman1975

[Comment censored by myself]


50 posted on 06/10/2011 6:22:01 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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