‘Christmas With The Kranks’: Let’s Play ‘Hey, That Movie is Racist’

-By Warner Todd Huston

To show how easy it is to read things into things–like the left does all the time–let’s take the terrible Christmas movie Christmas With The Kranks and show how the film is “racist.”

The 2004 movie starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd is really dreck as far as movies go. It’s even bad for schmaltzy Christmas fare. But there is a sequence in it that proves it is racist… at least if we use the left’s reckoning system.

So, the plot of the film is set up when Luther and Nora Krank (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) find out that their daughter (who cares) is spending Christmas away from home for the first time.

Instead of having a traditional Christmas at home with decorations, a tree, and the works, the Kranks decide they are going on a cruise to sunny whereeverwedon’tcare. But when the neighbors find out, we find out it’s a neighborhood transgression on the block’s Christmas tradition tyranny.

That Christmas tradition tyranny is lorded over by local busybody and self-appointed “mayor” of the neighborhood, Vic Frohmeyer (a portly Dan Aykroyd).

We the benighted view discover that everyone in the neighborhood is mad because the Kranks are leaving town and not buying a Christmas tree from the local boy scouts, not putting the giant frosty the snowman upon their roof, not having a Christmas get together, not… well, you get the picture.

Luther is flabbergasted by all the Christmas St. Adolphs in his neighborhood. After all, the Kranks feel that they can do what ever they want on Christmas. This IS America, isn’t it?

So, blah, blah, blah and bah humbug, assails the viewer for a while from the curmudgeonly Luther. But then the Kranks find out that their daughter is coming home anyway and the whole vacation plan is thrown into uproar. Uh, oh, now the Kranks have to do a super quick turn around and decorate for a Christmas party anyway. So, Luther and the wife (a very aged and plain-looking Jamie Lee Curtis, I might add) start running all over the place trying to find the needed party supplies.

And here is where the racism comes in…

As it happens, one of Luther’s neighbors is leaving town and not staying for Christmas to partake in the neighborhood festivities.

He is good old neighbor Wes Trogden (Mark Christopher Lawrence). Luthor goes across the street to ask for a bit of help from Good ol’ Wes.

But wait. What’s racist about this?

Well, good ol’ Wes Trogden and his family are black.

So what, you ask?

Note the premise of this film. Everyone was mad at the Kranks because they were going to leave town for Christmas and not be on hand for the traditional neighborhood celebration.

But good ol’ Wes Trogden and his family were leaving, too. And yet, not one neighbor seemed to care they were going.

Why didn’t all the white families want their black neighbors to stay? Why weren’t they just as mad that the Trogdens were leaving?

Also, why were the Trogdens leaving town, anyway? Was it because they had to leave town to see their families on Christmas? And did they have to leave their cushy suburban home because the rest of their family was down in the inner city and couldn’t afford a palatial home in the suburbs?

And why was this the only black family in the movie, anyway? Is the movie saying that only one black family is rich enough to get out of the hood?

You see?

On top of piece a piece of crap, Christmas With The Kranks is a racist movie.

Now, do I really believe the movie is racist? Of course not. But with this post you see how easy it is to use the left’s “logic” to attack something.

On fact I’d guess that the character of Wes Trogden not written to be a black man. The producers probably threw a black actor into the part because they realized there were too many whites in the film and wanted that glorious “diversity.”

In any case, there you have it. A game of “Hey, That Movie is Racist.”
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, MrConservative.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, Wizbang.com, among many, many others. Huston has also appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and many local TV shows as well as numerous talk radio shows throughout the country.

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