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Too white, or too woke? ‘Little Women’ shredded in media gauntlet, but critics are the ones flaunting their privilege

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31.12.2019

Little Women has both liberals and conservatives seething over filmmaker Greta Gerwig’s choice to avoid overtly shoehorning contemporary politics, race relations, and more of the critical catnip that reviewers have come to demand into Louisa May Alcott’s saga of an impoverished Civil War-era family of girls coming of age in 19th-century America.

By whining that the film’s struggling (but white!) characters are “too privileged,” these critics - knuckles white from fervent pearl-clutching - have merely put their own insatiable privilege on display.

Once upon a time, reviews were consulted to determine the quality of a film; now they merely provide an overview of its social justice bona fides - and the writers want you to know that there’s nothing you can do about it.

Uber-woke Teen Vogue puts Little Women up against the wall as a stand-in for all adaptations of classics which have the gall to retain the original characters, instead of replacing as many as possible with oppressed minorities.

Sure, the “women” in Little Women are almost all members of the same family, so replacing just one of the sisters with a black actress would look a little strange. But because Gerwig neglected to flesh out one male character’s backstory from the novel onscreen, she should have given up any attempts at remaining faithful to the period, critic Natalie de Vera Obedos insists. It worked for Lin-Manuel Miranda with Hamilton!

“A Little Women film that completely suspends disbelief and racebends every character seems entirely possible, and would have been major in terms of on-screen presentation,” she gushes.

Sure - if we’re totally discarding the material, why not remake it........

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