Actor Tom Hanks Comes Out Against Censorship Of Old Books; Here’s What He Had To Say

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Actor Tom Hanks, best known for his roles in “Forrest Gump,” “Castaway,” and one of my favorite horror comedies, “The Burbs,” has come out and stated that he is not at all in favor of censoring old books and novels in order to appease the ever woke, ever easily offended liberal crowd, saying, “we’re all grownups here.”

Well, Tom, I wish that were true. Unfortunately, it’s not. Liberals in modern America live in a perpetual childhood, led by their emotions like a toddler hopped up on Red Bull and crack cocaine. If something goes against what these individuals believe, it needs to be silenced immediately. There’s no room for differing opinions or studying the previous beliefs of generations that came before us in order to learn how to be better. Nope, it’s all about destroying the past and pretending it never happened.

Which in reality sets us up to repeat the same mistakes in the future.

According to Breitbart News, Hanks, while out promoting his new novel, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece,” the actor sat down for an interview with NBC News and stated that he refuses to censor a piece of work that others might claim is offensive. Bravo for you, Mr. Hanks, for having somewhat of a backbone, even though in most regards you’re a raging liberal.

I’m of the opinion that we’re all grown-ups here. Let’s have faith in our own sensibilities as opposed to having somebody decide what we may or may not be offended by. Let me decide what I am offended by and what I’m not offended by. I would be against reading any book from any era that says ‘abridged due to modern sensitivities,'” Hanks stated.

As Breitbart News has chronicled, several books, from Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories to Roald Dahl, have been given modern “updates” to appease certain sensibilities. Artists, including left-leaning ones, have on the whole opposed such efforts. Director Steven Spielberg, for instance, even expressed regret over his past decision to censor his beloved masterpiece E.T. by removing the guns from federal agents during the climactic bike chase scene,” Breitbart continued.

“Nobody should ever attempt to take the chocolate out of Willy Wonka! Ever!” Spielberg said. “For me, it is sacrosanct. It’s our history, it’s our cultural heritage,” he added. “I do not believe in censorship in that way.”

The legendary director and producer then referred to his own self-censorship as being a “mistake.”

“That was a mistake,” he reflected. “I never should have done that. E.T. is a product of its era. No film should be revised based on the lenses we now are, either voluntarily, or being forced to peer through.”

“All our movies are a kind of a signpost of where we were when we made them, what the world was like, and what the world was receiving when we got those stories out there. So I really regret having that out there,” the famous director added.

Film director Martin McDonagh, who has won a few Academy Awards for both his directing and writing projects, also mourned about plays he wrote in the past that have now been subjected to censorship.

“In the last two or three years, yeah, I’ve had theaters ask me to change words in my plays from 20-25 years ago and refuse to put the plays on when I say no. And that’s dangerous,” he went on to say just this year. “It is much more problematic now than it has been for many years.”

“Only in the past few years have I had theater companies refuse to do my plays because they don’t like some of the wording in them,” he said. “And that’s for an established writer, who sells tickets.”

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