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Kindergarten Cop Is Canceled, Likened to Birth of a Nation

Portland's Northwest Film Center pulls film from summer drive-in schedule after critics say it promotes "school-to-prison pipeline."

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It's come to this: Kindergarten Cop, a banal 1990 comedy-action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a police detective who masquerades as a teacher, has been canceled and likened to the explicitly racist silent film Birth of a Nation.

Kindergarten Cop was slated to kick off Portland's Northwest Film Center's Cinema Unbound Drive-in Theater on August 6 until critics led by local author Lois Leveen said the PG-13 movie promoted a "school-to-prison pipeline," according to the Willamette Week.

In an email to Willamette Week, Leveen likened the Schwarzenegger vehicle to Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind:

It's true Kindergarten Cop is only a movie. So are Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind, but we recognize films like those are not 'good family fun.'…They are relics of how pop culture feeds racist assumptions. Because despite what the movie shows…in reality, schools don't transform cops. Cops transform schools, and in an extremely detrimental way.

The Northwest Film Center wouldn't tell the Willamette Week's Matthew Singer "how much influence Leveen's comments had on its decision, but the organization did respond to her tweets directly in announcing the cancellation." Kindergarten Cop has been replaced by a second showing of John Lewis: Good Trouble, a documentary about the recently deceased congressman and civil rights leader. Other films in the series include Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Xanadu, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and The Shining.

It's a good thing that "cancel culture" doesn't exist or otherwise this would be deeply disturbing, wouldn't it? This sort of skirmish is the predictable and regrettable outcome of the politicization of everything and a totalist approach to cultural production and consumption that assumes audience members are either slack-jawed dullards who are effectively programmed by what they watch or ultra-sensitive flowers shredded by every imaginable slight. Either way, madness lies. Or maybe just a new episode of Portlandia.

Trigger warning: Here's the trailer for Kindergarten Cop, which has been called (accurately, in my view) "too grim for children and too cloying for adults" by the folks at Rotten Tomatoes.

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141 responses to “Kindergarten Cop Is Canceled, Likened to Birth of a Nation

  1. It’s come to this: Kindergarten Cop, a banal 1990 comedy-action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a police detective who masquerades as a teacher, has been canceled and likened to the explicitly racist silent film Birth of a Nation.

    Nah, there’s no context-collapse here.

    1. I don’t even get how this has anything to do with the “school-to-prison” pipeline. He’s not arresting kindergartners in the movie. He’s not policing the school. He’s undercover as a teacher and in way over his head dealing with kids. The only violence in the movie is directed at 1) a Mafia-like crime boss, 2) His nasty, evil mother, and 3) A child abuser.

      This movie got cancelled by someone who never saw it and was offended by the title.

      1. Nor do I understand how it has anything to do with racism, other than the fact that EVERYTHING today seems to have something to do with racism.

        1. Everything today has something to do with racism.

          1. Sorry, but everything today is all about racism.

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        2. I think it’s simply the fact that Schwarzenegger is/was a Republican. Therefore, racism.

          1. But isn’t he one of the “good ones”?

            1. ask this Leveen creature: there ARE no “good ones”.

          2. I thought he got a pass on that because he’s married to a Kennedy.

            1. Was married. He screwed his Hispanic maid. So, colonialism or something.

              1. You people are way overthinking this. It’s Portland. It doesn’t have to make sense.

                1. It’s Portland.
                  It will NEVER make sense.

                  FTFY

                  1. “Forget it, Jake. It’s Portlandia.”

      2. I don’t even get how this has anything to do with the “school-to-prison” pipeline. He’s not arresting kindergartners in the movie. He’s not policing the school.

        Maybe there’s a director’s cut where he arrests some of the kindergartners for playing cops and robbers and “shooting” at each other. Oh wait, if that were the case this mentally defective Karen would have applauded that. So yeah, I’m as confused as anyone else who’s not a retard.

        1. “IRL we are trying to end the school to prison pipeline”.

          Well, give credit where it is due: they’ve ended school shootings.

          1. *slow clap*

    2. I’m a long-time film professor and do not believe that any of these films should be screened at the Portland Northwest Film Center. But not for pseudo-“P.C.” reasons; these are just awful, mindless movies, even for kids. How about THE RED BALLOON?

      1. How about THE RED BALLOON?

        I dunno, got anything more insipid and boring?

        -jcr

      2. Gotta go with the classics. “Army of Darkness”, or the ’80’s version of “Flash Gordon” with the great Queen soundtrack.

        1. Hell, how about the classic Canadian Sci-Fi-Porn “Flesh Gordon”??

    3. When I was a younger man the town of Berkeley was the center of liberal Looneyville (with the exception of San Francisco). It looks like Portland is vying for the top spot. This next story is just the height of blatant censorship! Comparing KC to GWTW or Birth of a Nation is just not relevant, there is no other word I can use. My girls tell me that I shouldn’t worry about things I can’t control, but then I read bird cage material like this. >:D

    4. We are moving towards a culture in which all things are presumed to be offensive until they are proven to promote social justice by a small group of progressives.

  2. Just Stop this already

    1. The race-shaming will continue until morale improves.

  3. “Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind”

    Let me try…And The Ten Commandments and It’s a Wonderful Life and The Sound of Music
    ….cool! you can turn anything into KKK propaganda

    1. Gillespie doesn’t even challenge that Gone With the Wind might be slightly different than Birth of a Nation.

      1. That stuck out to me as well. One of these things is not like the other.

        1. I think we should condemn fascist propaganda films like Triumph of the Will and Casablanca.

          1. Here’s looking at you Leni.

        2. Yeah, only one of them was shown in the White House by a Democrat president

  4. But she’s a nobody. Just one person with an opinion. How does she rate?

    1. Imagine social media as this really huge giant bullhorn…and if some one screeching gets some attention it could go exponential, so organizations be they large corporations like Boeing or some small fish like a local community film group, shits their pants and ducks and covers to make it go away.

      Seems to work pretty well, actually. No matter how outlandish and convoluted the complaints are.

    2. It was an opinion approved of by “the right people”.

  5. local author Lois Leveen –

    I think you spelled Karen wrong

    1. “local author”?

      She has achieved authorial prominence within the reach of her actual pen, extended at arm’s length?

      Or

      She considers herself to be an author, and has a location. (Which is a rather low bar, “cultural critic with veto power”-wise)

  6. If you don’t start telling them to fuck off and mean it they will eventually wear you down.

    It’s not just words. You have to back up the fuck off with punishment.

    1. ^This, so much this. Grow a spine!

  7. IT’S NOT A TUMOR!

    1. That would be Lois Laveen. Karen du jour.

    2. it might be a tumor.

      1. She is the tumor.

    3. Ha ha ha…I barely even remember anything
      about Kindergarten Cop, but for YEARS, in response to someone saying they have a headache, I sometimes say, “maybe it’s a tumor,” expressly because of that movie. I think I’ve only seen the movie once, probably in the theater, and from what I can recall that may very well be the only funny line in it.

      1. That line only works if the headache sufferer responds with: “is nah a toomah!”. The other memorable line from that film is “who is yo daddy and what does he do”. Both of those were pretty popular at my elementary school.

      2. I did the same, but always did it in Arnold’s voice, when really it’s a kid who delivers the line. Arnold eventually responds to this repeated diagnosis with “IT’S NOT A TUMAH!!!!”

  8. Just to be clear…cancelling it because it’s a shit movie would still be ok, yes?

    1. Penelope. Ann. Miller.

    2. The moment when Arnold screams “Shuuuuuuuttt uuuuuupppp!” to the little snots should have been done to every Gen-Xer, Millennial, and Zoomer from kindergarten up through graduate school whenever they acted up.

      Might have saved our current society a lot of headaches.

      1. GFY! Gen-X didn’t make this mess, we’re stuck dealing with it because the goddamn Boomers thought it would be all Bohemian and shit to raise a group of fucking entitled little Communists we know now are the Millenials. Our parents were the Great Depression generation.

  9. Oh, Nick, you tight-ass! I saw Kindergarten Cop back in the day and laughed my ass off! “It’s not a toomah!” Funny! Granted, it’s no “Jingle All the Way”, but, hey, Christmas only comes once a year.

    1. Not if James Bond is involved.

    2. Christmas only comes once a year.

      Why don’t you make your gift to us you go away and never come back, you thread fucking hack? Your analingus-for-the-staff stuff can go offline.

  10. Kindergarten Cop has been replaced by a second showing of John Lewis: Good Trouble

    In the future, we will only have films with pre-ordained and approved messaging.

    1. What would happen if you had a film festival with only movies that no one wanted to see, especially twice?

      1. I thought that was what film festivals were.

    2. We need paintings of Tractors too, with muscular women balling their fists at us. Finally we can have useful art.

    3. John Lewis is a fucking Progtard wack-job.
      From Wiki, get it before it is scrubbed:
      On January 13, 2017, during an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd for Meet the Press, Lewis stated: “I don’t see the president-elect as a legitimate president.”[113] He added, “I think the Russians participated in having this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. I don’t plan to attend the Inauguration. I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians, and others, that helped him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.”[114] Trump replied on Twitter the following day, suggesting that Lewis should “spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to […] mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” and accusing Lewis of being “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”[115] Trump’s statement about Lewis’s district was rated as “Mostly False” by PolitiFact,[116] and he was criticized for attacking a civil rights leader such as John Lewis, especially one who was brutally beaten for the cause, and especially on Martin Luther King weekend.[117][118][119] Senator John McCain acknowledged Lewis as “an American hero” but criticized him, saying: “this is not the first time that Congressman Lewis has taken a very extreme stand and condemned without any shred of evidence for doing so an incoming president of the United States. This is a stain on Congressman Lewis’s reputation – no one else’s.”[120] The New York Post noted that Lewis used the “same unfounded, cookie-cutter personal attacks against Republican after Republican”.[121]

      A few days later, Lewis said that he would not attend Trump’s inauguration because he did not believe that Trump was the true elected president. “It will be the first (inauguration) that I miss since I’ve been in Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right,” he said. Lewis had failed to attend George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001 because he believed that he too was not a legitimately elected president. Lewis’s statement was rated as “Pants on Fire” by PolitiFact.[122][123][124]
      Wonder how much of this will be in “Good Trouble.”

  11. >>Cops transform schools, and in an extremely detrimental way.

    better title: Fuck you, Lois Laveen.

  12. Ugh, this movie is so problematic. I tried watching in on cable one day and was disgusted by this bigoted line of dialogue:

    “Boys have a penis, girls have a vagina.”

    People with cisgender privilege might not comprehend how hurtful this is for us trans and non-binary folks.

    1. Dammit, you beat be by a minute.

      1. That was going to be my comment too, but late to the party. Unfortunately, I’m kinda shocked that this line wasn’t the basis of canceling the movie showing.

        1. it would have been, except she did not have the cojones to be open about her REAL reason.

    2. Based and nap-pilled.

    3. “People with cisgender privilege might not comprehend how hurtful this is for us trans and non-binary folks.”

      And people like you will never comprehend how little we care about what you think.
      And it’s not privilege; it’s reality. Deal with it (quietly).

      1. At least your humor comprehension skills are spot on.

  13. I assumed it would be cancelled for the controversial statement that “boys have a penis, girls have a vagina.”

    1. “Something something… promotes cis-normative behavior… mumble mumble… traditional gender roles … blah blah blah…”

  14. It’s true Kindergarten Cop is only a movie. So are Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind, but we recognize films like those are not ‘good family fun.’…They are relics of how pop culture feeds racist assumptions.

    WTF?! It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I seem to remember the bad guys being white. In fact, if they were going to cancel Kindergarten Cop over something I would have thought it would be for not having enough “diversity.” This is beyond full retard.

    1. Aside from all being film media, I have no idea how Kindergarten Cop is similar to Birth of a Nation or Gone With the Wind in any way shape or form.

      1. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a filthy Republican. All Republicans are racist nazis. Therefore, any film Schwarzenegger was ever in is pro-slavery propaganda.

        I’m sure there are people who are all too happy to make that logical leap.

        1. What’s hilarious is that there’s not much difference between a BLM/Antifa protest and one of Thulsa Doom’s cult gatherings.

      2. See, they’re all films, right?

        And every good-thinking person has known for a long time that Brith of A Nation is racist propaganda. And no we know that (for some reason) so is Gone with the Wind. And good-thinking people would never watch either of those films so its ok that Kindergarten Cop be added to that list.

      3. the only thing I can see that they have in common is…… they are all FILMS.

        1. Hey!
          Films are dangerous- look what happened in Benghazi …

  15. Kindergarten Cop has been replaced by a second showing of John Lewis: Good Trouble, a documentary

    Well, there’s a perfect straight-up trade: A mindless comedy replaced by a “take-your-medicine, you racist white people” documentary.

    I’m sure viewers are thrilled.

    1. “Watch whatever you want…but it BETTER conform to the narrative!”

    2. For the children.

      To grow to hate you.

      Because of both the political propaganda in the Lewis movie, and because kids hate documentaries even more than lame Hollywood movies.

    3. Progressive gatherings these days are endless performative drudgery.

  16. You know what other Austrian starred in racist propaganda pieces?

    1. How they haven’t yet cancelled Schwarzenegger by name astounds me to this day.

      After decades if not centuries of Müller and Schmidt getting converted to Miller and Smith to avoid political persecution and social ostracizing, the name ‘Schwarzenegger’ stands like a stone mountain against a wave of SJW persecution.

      1. Props for slipping in “stone mountain”. My dogs all perked their ears.

      2. “How they haven’t yet cancelled Schwarzenegger by name astounds me to this day.”

        He gets brownie points because he’s married to a Kennedy.

        1. I thought he got in trouble for scoring brownie points.

          1. +1, belated “ba-dum. *tching*!”

  17. part of me thinks another world war might be worth it. some real adversity might end this nonstop invention of problems by morons…

    1. Yeah, this perpetual peace (at least for the upper classes) may be detrimental to the health of a rational society, at least one with some balls.

  18. No one tell that broad that The Shining has that word in it. And a fair amount of misogyny.

  19. For people who are confused about the “school to prison pipeline”, i think it’s code for police are the devil

    1. Never put your kid on a bus.

  20. BOYS HAVE A PENIS, GIRLS HAVE A VAGINA

    Why not cancel it for this hateful anti-Science! brainwashing dialogue?

    1. It’s a surprise that this isn’t the argument being made against Kindergarten Cop. PDX has gone full retard.

  21. I’m surprised ‘The Shining’ passed PC muster, what with it employing the highly offensive trope of the ‘magical negro.’ The ‘magical negro’ is a construct its leftist author, Stephen King, uses in many of his works (e.g., ‘Mother Abigail’ in The Stand, and ‘John Coffee’ in The Green Mile.)

    But yeah, cops in schools is overall a very bad idea. If the schools are that unsafe, it’s time to make other arrangements. And even though ‘Kindergarten Cop’ wasn’t exactly a great film, I fail to see how censoring it addresses the former.

    1. I never made the magical negro connection. Thanks for the enlightenment!

    2. Has anyone ever read The Dark Tower series? The character of Susannah is a time bomb waiting to go off in King’s face.

    3. The ‘magical negro’ is a construct its leftist author, Stephen King, uses in many of his works (e.g., ‘Mother Abigail’ in The Stand, and ‘John Coffee’ in The Green Mile.)

      The funny thing about it too is, it’s a terrible writing trope on its own or of its own merits and applies across races/ethnicities/cultures, but the selective application of ‘magical negro’ and only in the case of *some* magical negroes (Lawrence Fishburn? James Earl Jones? Forest Witaker? Morgan Freeman?) explicitly makes it racist on behalf of the speaker as well. Would Spike Lee be OK with the character of Halloran if it were played by Pat Morita or Kim Chan?

  22. There’s no Peak Derp Retard.

  23. You can send a hundred police to every school to South Korea and .001% of their students will be shipped directly to prison or the police station every year.

    There are cops in American schools because kids grow up without moral guidance and many black kids likely come from incompletely family unit. Liberals basically do not believe a society needs any kind of foundation to function. The only thing they care about is egalitarianism.

    1. The only thing they care about is egalitarianism.

      For people who love Science! so much, they sure don’t seem to be aware of how evolution actually works.

    2. On the other hand, when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Lots of discipline could be handled without police – but, since the police are there, they handle it.

  24. I am going to watch “Black is King” in protest of this white, cisnormative (admittedly funny) attempt at comedy.

    I am also going to eat Goya canned beans and drive some Negro Modelo.

    1. How do you drive Mexican beer?

  25. Plus Arnold is Austrian and speaks with an accent. He’s almost literally Hitler. Hard to believe a woke state like California elected him Governator. Maybe he has mass hypnosis powers. Maybe he is literally Hitler.

    1. He was elected because he pronounced it “Karlyforrnya”

  26. Every movie ever made will trigger one of these ‘woke’ snowflakes so let’s just ban all movies. Meanwhile, they have no problem toppling statues of our nation’s founders, looting, burning, rioting, assaulting and murdering people. Apparently none of that is offensive. I would love to start a film festival featuring classic movies like Gone With The Wind, Holiday Inn, Dirty Harry, anything by John Wayne, and every other master piece these whiney children complain about.

    1. Literally nobody is stopping you.

      1. @Tony “Literally nobody is stopping you.” Jeff Mason starts film festival. Tony: “DERP duh you is RAYCISSST. I get my dumb dumb retard anti-fa-G friends and we is gonna ruin your filmy festives.”

        1. Shall I ring the doctor for you?

  27. I thought “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” took place in an adult theater in 1991.

    Maybe they can replace “Kindergarten Cop” with “Blazing Saddles.”

  28. Are you kidding me? They cancelled Kindergarten Cop and yet are still showing Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Fast Times at Ridgemont High?

    Bat shit bonkers.

  29. Lois Leveen is yet another worthless piece of shit who has already done more harm than she will ever do good.

    1. I seldom truly want to kill anyone (or deliberately wish them dead). But Leveen is now on my list.

      1. This feeling has become much more common as of late …

  30. Fuck this country – I hate living here, and if there is any way to get the fuck out of here I will.

    It’s just a stupid fucking movie that was a little funny.

    The only thing these pieces of shit who think this way have in common with me is that neither of us wants anything to do with the other…but unfortunately while I don’t inflict my views on everyone else and control what they do, they feel compelled to do that very thing.

  31. Pussy mother fuckers

  32. The worst part of this cinematic hate crime is when that little nazi claims that ‘boys have a penis, girls have a vagina’.

    1. Transphobic neckbeards are that kid only they’re shouting it angrily.

  33. “Local author”.

    Local hack is more fitting.

  34. Maybe it’s a tumor.

  35. “‘Portland’s Northwest Film Center pulls film from summer drive-in schedule after critics say it promotes “school-to-prison pipeline.”‘

    As a movie-goer, and even though this film is not on my “top-100” list ,this MIGHT BE the most ridiculous thing I have seen this year.

    From a scholarly viewpoint (I hold a Masters), this might be the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen.

    Can we build a wall around Portland? Please?

    1. “this MIGHT BE the most ridiculous thing I have seen this year.”
      If this was not 2020 – it would be

    2. “Can we build a wall around Portland? Please?”

      “Nuke it from orbit … It’s the only way to be sure …”

  36. You say banal, I say classic.

    Yes this incident reads like an Onion piece. I mean I really feel like I need to check to make sure it’s not parody. The point isn’t that cancel culture doesn’t exist, it’s that you are obsessing over every cherry picked incident of a college student overreacting and calling it a global crisis.

    Given all that is actually happening in the world, one might examine whether this culture war idiocy is being employed as a distraction and isn’t actually a problem that will ever outgrow its own absurdity into some real tyranny.

    If something is worthy only of being laughed off, just laugh it off and stop giving it power.

  37. so just exactly WHO IS this Leveen critter anyway? And who did SHE buy off to earn the right to tell ME what I may/mayn’t see at the film festival?

    Somet imes ya gotta wonder WHO hired any given nannie to torture the rest of us.

  38. Another day, more idiots. BTW, I wonder which film the people would enjoy watching more? Arnold or the Irritating deceased politician?

    1. which irritating, deceased politician? there are so many

  39. We need to get in the habit of making the consequences of this kind of idiotic bitching drastically outweigh the sick pleasure that these people get from their obnoxious, attention-seeking behavior. I suggest tossing them in lake for a start, and escalating to tar and feathers if needed on a case-by-case basis.

    -jcr

  40. To paraphrase a line from the movie, maybe these critics were suffering from brain tumors.

  41. I stopped reading at “banal”. How dare you besmirch the height of 1990s entertainment?

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  43. Alternative theory – it shows children reciting the pledge.

  44. If you’ll remember, the school-to-prison pipeline avoidance philosophy by the Obama administration was responsible for getting the Florida school shooter (Nikolas Cruz) released so many times without consequence – they hid the fact that he was a problem so their statistics wouldn’t show the truth and he became a multi-child killer as a result.

    I can’t listen to someone who follows that philosophy.

  45. Proving again that the left is humorless and fucktarded

  46. Yet the Northwest Film center is showing Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, starring Paul Reubens, who , in 1991, pleaded no contest to a charge of public masturbation (in a movie theater) and spent 75 hours in community service. I guess obscenity outweighs onanism.

  47. I think that the one line: “Boys have a penis, girls have a vagina” triggered too many SJWs.

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  49. I like old TV

    The next thing to be banned is reruns of the Andy Griffith show. Ever notice that there are no black people in Mayberry? Not just characters but not even extras in the background. In North Carolina?

    I do recall one episode where the army recruiter comes to town and there are a few standing in line waiting to sign up but other than that none.

    Contrast that with Star Trek which was way ahead of its time and had the first interracial kiss on TV when Kirk kisses Ohura. That was in 1968. It was a big deal then.

    Vulcans of course are another story. Spock is half human but somehow that was not controversial.

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