Iconic Movies From The Past That Did Not Age Well

By Francis Tunwase

We all love going back to the old classics to remember some of our favorite characters and scenes. However, not all old classics would be accepted in today’s world either by some rather damaging scenes or an overall cringe-worthy storyline that will raise eyebrows in today’s social context. Some of them include: 

  1. Sixteen Candles (1984)

The movie has been bashed for several scenes and discriminatory slurs throughout the film. One major scene is how a major character, Jake Ryan, discusses taking advantage of his girlfriend. Another scene is how Ted climbs on top of Samantha repeatedly despite her protests, but it’s portrayed as funny and innocent since he’s a little nerd. 

  1. Shallow Hal (2001)
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This movie contains a scene that will raise the eyebrows of many, particularly those who champion the body positivity movement. The scene depicted a fat lady addressed as a rhino. Here is a picture: 

  1. Never Been Kissed (1999)

The teacher in this movie was hitting on his student without knowing that she was underage. A fan described the scene as disgusting who mentioned that she used to love it. 

  1. Big Daddy (1999)

The film has been criticized for judging women who worked at Hooters despite the men working there. The second problem was that it stereotyped people with disabilities as bad and made fun of the homeless. 

  1. Peter Pan (1953)
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A great movie that is flawed by a bonfire scene where they sing “what made the red man.” This scene has been criticized for displaying wrong and offensive stereotypes of native Americans.