the corner office

a blog, by Colin Pretorius

What About The Breakfast Club?

A thoughtful article by Molly Ringwald on revisiting 80's John Hughes movies in light of the #MeToo movement.

How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it? Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art - change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.

You could watch (and enjoy) movies of the 60s and 50s and earlier and see isms and write them off as being from 'a different time', but the 80s wasn't 'a different time' for people my age. It was our contemporary culture. And it wasn't art to us, it wasn't an abstract thing, it was just entertainment. That somehow makes it a bit different. Now, if we judge it, we judge ourselves.

And of course... we can't really imagine what people 30 years hence will be thinking of movies made now.

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