Tom Weiner: ‘The Hate U Give’ pulled too soon

  • Algee Smith and Amandla Stenberg in the tense and, at times, terribly sad “The Hate U Give.” TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

Published: 11/29/2018 8:20:53 AM
‘The Hate U Give’ pulled too soon

Once again a film that seeks to pull the wool from our collective eyes about the mistreatment of black people in our country has been given short shrift by local theaters. “The Hate U Give” was pulled so quickly from Cinemark that the Gazette had a blurb about it under their “Capsules” listing of films, and it isn’t even being shown any longer, which was very disappointing since my wife and I were counting on seeing it this evening.

This is far from the first time a quality film with content that seriously questions white supremacy and privilege and the pain it inflicts on minority communities has left our Valley too soon. This film was highly praised for its skillful handling of the challenges faced by its lead character, portrayed by Amandla Stenberg, who, according to the capsule, “must navigate the treacherous gap between the way the incident (the unprovoked shooting of her young black male friend) is viewed in her mostly white prep school and the African-American neighborhood where she lives.”

The content couldn’t be more timely and crucial given the blatant racism emanating from the White House that inspires so many others to act hatefully on a regular basis. We need all the correctives we can possibly find, so having such a film be taken away so soon is very troubling — as is the email I received from a dear friend who’d seen the film telling me that when she was in the theater there were only five other people watching with her.

So the responsibility for having this film leave way too soon is shared by our very own so-called progressive community and Cinemark looking to bring in a bigger profit.

Tom Weiner

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