A few weeks back, we here at LRM compiled a list of films that simply wouldn’t fly in today’s political climate. The response was mixed, to say the least. Most of you were on the side of “Y’all are a bunch of pansies and need to chill out.” It was an understandable response, as a lot of our gripes were what many would consider being minor in controversial nature.
But, like it or not, the current landscape of political correctness is different from how it was even a decade ago. So much so that actor Steve Carrell doesn’t think The Office would fly today. Here’s what he said to Esquire:
“There’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago.”
“I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today — which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work.”
But, of course, one could argue that that’s the entire point of the show. Michael Scott ain’t a role model — he’s not supposed to be. He’s a flawed human being we’re supposed to cringe at and root for at the same time (except for in the episode “Scott’s Tots” — f**k him in that episode).
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