Tom Hanks slams campaign to modify classic books to please cancel culture: ‘Let me decide what I am offended by’
Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks explained in a new interview that he opposes cancel culture and modern efforts to police content for what some people may deem offensive.
In an interview with BBC, the film legend said he doesn’t want the overlords of PC culture to tell him what he should be offended by.
“I’m of the opinion that we’re all grown-ups here. And we understand the time and the place and when these things were written. And it’s not very hard at all to say: that doesn’t quite fly right now, does it?'” Hanks said. “Let’s have faith in our own sensibilities here, instead of having somebody decide what we may or may not be offended by.
“Let me decide what I am offended by and what I’m not offended by,” he declared. “I would be against reading any book from any era that says ‘abridged due to modern sensitivities.'”
Hanks was reacting to a movement in publishing to revise classic books that contain language and ideas, though once accepted, now considered offensive by modern, progressive sensibilities. In recent months, so-called sensitivity readers have updated works belonging to Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl, Agatha Christie, and even R.L. Stine.
Hanks is doing press for his debut novel, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece.”
The book has received mixed reviews. The Sunday Times called it “clunky.” The New York Times said it “sags under a deluge of detail.” Those are hardly resounding endorsements.
But Hanks told the BBC that he remains unfazed by critics because he believes he is “stronger when it comes down to really being torn apart.” Still, Hanks said his book will ultimately “live and die based on its own ability to entertain and enlighten an audience.”
The book released on Tuesday.