In November of 2012 Steven Spielberg released his latest movie, Lincoln. There have been those who have sung its praises and those who have criticized its historical accuracy. I have yet to see the movie so I will not throw my hat into either ring. What I want to comment on is Michael Cushman’s “outrage” over the showing of a commercial for the movie during the Chic-fil-A Bowl on television the other night. Cushman had this to say about the movie (Which it appears he has not seen the movie as well):
“As noted in multiple reviews posted here on SNN (see here, here and here), the film is a piece of anti-Southern propaganda that rewrites history to glorify the United States’ invasion and conquest of the independent South in the 1860s.”
You will note that his “reviews” include Hunter Wallace who hardly hides his racism on his own blog and the pseudo-historian Tommy DiLorenzo.
He ends his crying spell with…”Shame on the people who decided to accept the offer of sponsorship by the Lincoln promoters. They have insulted the people of Georgia and Southerners and general.”
What I want to know is how does one live in such a world where everything is set against who won and lost in the War of the Rebellion? If I were to do this I would be ranting about Michigan’s loss to South Carolina in the Gator Bowl, that Georgia beat Nebraska or the fact that all the bowls for the most part are held in the south. There are plenty of places in the North to hold bowl games inside domes. But then again I grew up some 20 years ago. So I guess I feel sorry for Michael and his southern nationalists who must always gage their modern lives on events that happened 150 years ago. I feel sorry for people like Tripp Lewis, Billy Bearden and Susan F. Hathaway who spend their time waving the defeated banner of the confederacy at every place they feel is not flying enough of those flags or is not telling their version of the history…whatever that might be.
In the end, football is just a game and “Lincoln” is just a movie. If either one defines your life or causes you to rant on YouTube about a commercial during a football bowl game…then maybe you need to rethink you New Years Resolutions.