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Can you still enjoy classic movies with racist undertones?

There are some great classic films that just wouldn't fly in today's society. Oldies like "Holiday Inn," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Outrageous Fortune" and too many Disney films to name portray racist stereotypes. "Holiday Inn" has a scene with white characters in blackface and "Outrageous Fortune" plays up the "dangerous black man" stereotype. Some argue not only are some of these classics the best films ever made, they are just a reflection of the times. Can you still enjoy classic movies with racist undertones?

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Some of the characters and scenes of older American films are steeped in stereotypes but that doesn't negate the fact they are some of the best films ever created. Many of the films like "Holiday Inn" are still studied in film schools, are revered as classics and offer styles worth duplicating.

KQED posed a similar question to its audience and spoke on "Birth of a Nation," the film is criticized for being racist but has something valuable to offer:

Since film, like all good art, reflects the time and place of its production, there’s a long list of controversial content in American cinema. Really early films rely heavily on ugly stereotypes -- the obvious example is The Birth of a Nation...though widely criticized for being one of the most racist American films ever produced, it remains required viewing for film students, noted as a shining example of now-widespread film-making techniques.
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Disney is notorious for depicting problematic scenes in the studio's earlier films. King Louie named after Jazz legend Louis Armstrong, and his crew of apes in "The Jungle Book," were the only jazz singing characters who spoke in slang, in comparison to the other animals who spoke perfect English. This is just one of the many instances that rubbed Disney fans the wrong way.

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But in Disney's defense, they attempted to make adjustments to films that were in poor taste. "Aladdin" was also called out for inappropriate lines in a few of its songs in reference to Arab culture, but Disney eventually adjusted the lyrics. Disney also made strides in diversifying the movies over the years. In recent years, Disney has gotten better at not only diversifying characters, but positively portraying a variety of cultures like in  "Moana and "Coco."

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Though Disney is making strides in the right direction, Complex went even deeper and revealed 50 of the most racist films of all time. Critics aren't here for celebrating America's racist past in cinema.

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Twitter users are getting hip to the racism in some of our most classic films and are calling for a boycott. 

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