It's Okay To Admit That Old Movies Haven't Aged Well

Time has not been on Hollywood's side.

What was "okay" at the time of filming classic films doesn't always fly today.

We're talking about stereotypes, lack of diversity, inappropriate sexual references, and so much more.

But you have to wonder: are you bad for still liking and watching some of these movies? We don't like to think so.

First, a few examples of movies that have been called out for aging poorly.

Wedding Crashers, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, has been criticized for several inappropriate rape jokes.

The opening scene shows a woman reaching for pills as the cheating husband replies, “That’s it. Go comatose for me, baby.”

In another problematic scene, Isla Fisher's character does what is later called "midnight rape" to Vince Vaughn's character.

Gone With the Wind is another example. The 1939 film has been criticized for harmful stereotypes about African Americans and a softened depiction of slavery.

There was also a scene of "marital rape."

While these scenes are not okay whatsoever by today's standards, it's okay to give grace to the fact that these movies were filmed a long time ago.

In other words, it's okay to recognize that some old movies have problematic scenes but still enjoy them.

Doing so doesn't make you bad or problematic. The two can exist at the same time!

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If there's any takeaway, let it be that.

Just consider Friends. It has come under fire for stereotypes and lack of diversity, but it's still one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time.

While a lot of the jokes aren't appropriate, the show as a whole isn't "bad." The same goes for a lot of these old films.

What's your take on this? Let us know in the comments!