Famous filmmaker Oliver Stone showed contempt for the concept of “cancel culture,” i.e. the collective outrage and calls for boycotts that arise when a public figure’s behavior is widely viewed as socially inappropriate.
On an appearance SiriusXM’s Jim Norton & Sam Roberts radio show, the acclaimed 73-year-old director, producer and writer behind Scarface, Platoon, Natural Born Killer and Wall Street said he’d be “vilified” for making those movies in today’s political climate, per the New York Post.
“I can tell you that if I made any of my films, I don’t think I’d last. I’d be vilified. I’d be attacked. Shamed. Whatever you want to call that … culture, cancel f–king culture.” Stone added that it’d be extremely difficult to tell those stories without offending critics.
“I mean, it’s just impossible. I would have had to step on so many sensitivities. You have to have some freedom to make a movie, unfortunately. You have to be rude. You can be bad. And you’re going to have do to these things like step on toes. Holy cow. Do you think I could have made any one of those films?”
It’s worth noting that Stone is known for holding what are considered to be left-wing views. In the 2012 documentary miniseries Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States,” Stone scathed historically significant American political and military figures for acting with little concern for their constituents or global citizens. The project received positive reviews from former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, and reviewers from IndieWire, among others.