A lot of people love Forrest Gump, and that's understandable. Wrong, but understandable. It’s sweet, it's nice, and Tom Hanks is a national treasure. But there are actually a lot of f*cked up things about Forrest Gump just beneath the surface. It’s racist, it’s sexist, and it glorifies stupidity. There are countless bits of nonsense and white-washed history.
These are just some of the reasons why Forrest Gump blows. It’s also straight conservative propaganda, hell it could’ve been part of Donald Trump’s campaign platform. Forrest Gump, too, wants to Make America Great Again. Forrest Gump wants to reduce America to a simplified nostalgic haze wherein liberals are useless drug-addicted hypocrites, and dumb white men become millionaires on accident as long as they mind their manners.
If you haven’t seen the movie (or read the book), there are plenty of spoilers ahead. Watch it first and then form your own opinion. After all, people do love it and not everyone will see the film’s flaws. Those people, of course, are objectively incorrect.
Forrest’s brain never developed out of childhood. He pretty much went through the whole movie with the point of view of a child. So, wow, it's pretty f**ked that Jenny took him to bed. That's rape, right? At least statutory. In the scene where she took her bra off, it really looked like Forrest just came in his boxers. Gross. Its borderline abusive.
And talk about sending him some mixed messages. You don’t just have sex with a mentally challenged person and then expect them to not be totally obsessed with you for the rest of their lives. Oh, and then she kept his son away from him for five years, and only married him cause she was dying of AIDS and had no other choice. Happy ending? Not really. Jesus, what kind of social worker would even let Forrest care for a child?
In the opening scene, Forrest is sitting on a bus bench next to a nameless black woman and begins to tell her his story, even though she is clearly disinterested. He told her that his Mama named him after a Civil War hero named General Nathan Bedford Forrest. “She said we was related to him in some way, and what he did was, he started up this club called the Ku Klux Klan. They’d all dress up in they robes and they bedsheets and act like a buncha' ghosts or spooks or somethin'.”
The only reason this flies with this woman is because Forrest is clearly too stupid to know any better. But, Jesus, Forrest that's maybe the worst thing to casually bring up in conversation with a Southern black woman. It's pretty shocking she stays. Where in the world did she think his story was going from there?
If you really think about it, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) doesn’t have much of a personality. His mental retardation makes him meek, innocent, and overall pretty bland. He’s happy-go-lucky most of the time, but he doesn't really have many likes or dislikes. He just sort of blissfully floats along.
Now, he does get sad and angry a few times, when it relates to his Mama (Sally Field) or his childhood love, Jenny Curran (Robin Wright). But seriously, even after going through the freakin' Vietnam War, he comes back cool as a cucumber, no PTSD or remorse or anything. He's just oblivious to everything going on around him.
Forrest is given so much credit in the movie for all things that he’s completely oblivious to. In one scene, he is given credit for helping break the segregation barrier. In another he is given credit for stopping the Watergate burglary. In real life, the man who caught the Watergate burglars was a black security guard named Frank Wills.
He is also given credit for teaching Elvis his moves, when in fact Elvis stole them from black performance artists. It's like Zemeckis thought, "Huh, how can I really make sure white people are cemented in the cultural imagination as the greatest heroes of all time? Got it. Have a mentally disabled white dude steal a bunch of black people's sh*t."
Need more proof? Check out his other huge hit, Back To The Future. Marty McFly invents rock and roll, for some reason, and robs black artists of that accolade. Hell, he makes Chuck Berry and his cousin seem like straight-up plagiarists.