UPDATE: Breakfast at Tiffany's was cancelled and was replaced with Ratatouille.
So I was reading this article in the San Jose Mercury News about a free screening of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's and I just really can't believe how some people still to this day don't understand how offensive the Mickey Rooney Yellow Face is:
Thursday, Cohn publicly apologized to Sacramento's Asian American community and the rest of the citizenry for including the film in his Screen on the Green free movie series.How can you not be aware of the racist content?
"We were unaware of this racist content," he said.
In the movie, Mickey Rooney plays Mr. Yunioshi, the bumbling, cantankerous upstairs neighbor of Audrey Hepburn's character, country girl turned socialite Holly Golightly.
Rooney's character "conjures all the requisite 'Jap' stereotypes: grotesque buckteeth, thick-rimmed glasses, unforgivable 'Asian' accent," wrote Dr. Christina Fa of San Francisco-based Asian American Media Watch in a letter to Cohn.
Fa, a longtime Sacramento resident, called the film "arguably the most racist anti-Asian film in American cinematic history" and asked it be canceled. The movie won two Academy Awards for its music.
And while you can say that it's great that they'll put up a disclaimer and try to cut out some scenes and use it as a learning experience - the bottom line here is that they shouldn't be showing it at all for this type of event no matter if it's already in the mail or not.
Sacramento Vice Mayor Steve Cohn - get a clue.