It's not the first, nor the last time, that an old movie has caused controversy with a new generation. From Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer to the classic Disney song Kiss The Girl, it really does seem like nothing is sacred anymore. Mary Poppins is the latest to be called out for being problematic, and this time, it's because fans think a scene is super racist.
Now, we're not talking about Emily Blunt's latest film Mary Poppins Returns. We're talking about the 1964 film starring the ever-so-magical Julie Andrews. As kids, we saw this movie as something to look forward to, and a movie that we knew all the lyrics to. Who else still tries to sing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Anyways, in one particular scene, Mary and Bert go up a chimney and come out with soot all over their face and clothes. Well, that scene is now being called out for blackface.
In the scene, Mary tries to get all the soot off of her but ends up getting it all over her face. This theory was conducted by a professor named Daniel Pollack-Pelzner at Oregon’s Linfield College, who wrote an article for The New York Times. Daniel claims that their author of the book, P.L. Travelers, used white characters and chimney sweeps to ultimately make their faces a darker colour.
However, just like the other Disney song and untouchable Christmas movies, fans are coming to the movies rescue. We do have to remember that 1964 was 55 years ago, and times are so different now. But you can read these tweets below to see that pretty much no one except that professor thinks this movie is racist:
US literary professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner says Mary Poppins is racist in the 1964 classic for blacking up her face when dancing with chimney sweeps.— Peter Barron (@PeteBarronMedia) February 3, 2019
What a load of Pollacks. You get this black stuff up chimneys - it's called soot! pic.twitter.com/uQRBgj3Y6C
Mary Poppins, racist?! Whatever next! 🙄— Alexandra Malone (@MissMalone2002) February 3, 2019
Can’t believe what I’m reading this morning. Mary Poppins was racist?! The only insulting thing about Mary Poppins is Emily Blunt’s attempts 😒— 🐝 (@blh2019) February 3, 2019
Eek, someone even tried to say that Emily Blunt's attempt at Mary Poppin's is the only insulting thing. We'll save that for another rainy day. I think it may be time to stop watching older movies in an attempt to find something wrong with them, but hey, it's totally your call! You can watch the classic song Chim Chim Cher-ee down below, and ultimately decide for yourself.