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Churchill Biopic Features Warning Against Second Hand Smoke

28/12/2017

Professor Turley points out the absurdity of a warning re smoking in the new Churchill movie. This sort of warning is pandering to modern prejudices and trigger warnings taken to the manifest absurd

JONATHAN TURLEY

C6Many of us are excited to see the new biopic “Darkest Hour” on the towering historical figure of Winston Churchill.  What is less welcomed is a truly ridiculous warning added to the move that “the depictions of tobacco smoking are based solely on artistic consideration.”   It is not even clear what smoking “based solely on artistic consideration” means but is clearly meant as a gesture to those who would immediately run from the film in shock at the scene of a twentieth century leader smoking.  It turns out that while, “History is written by the victors,” it is rewritten by cringing Hollywood producers.

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