Tuesday Jan 18, 2022

E2: Wow, Sixteen Candles is Problematic

Buckle up y’all! In Episode 2 Courtney & Nicole dive right in to the John Hughes’ gem, Sixteen Candles! Another 1984 hit starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling (who retired from acting probably because of this problematic film), Gedde Watanabe and the Cusack siblings. This movie was written by Hughes and was also his directorial debut. We aren’t going to sugar coat it, this one’s real problematic and we’re retiring it from our libraries, like yesterday.

Articles mentioned in episode:

“Gedde Watanabe Discusses 30 Years of Sixteen Candles and Long Due Dong”, by Kevin Smokler - https://www.vulture.com/2014/05/gedde-watanabe-long-duk-dong-sixteen-candles-interview.html

“‘Sixteen Candles’ is Racist and Sexist - and Needs to be Retired”, by Sara Stewart - https://nypost.com/2015/11/24/time-to-snuff-out-sixteen-candles-its-racist-and-sexist/amp/ 

Content warning: Date rape references, racist slurs, gay slurs and slut shaming.

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