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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.