Monday, September 18, 2006

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

Back in 1967, a movie was made that shook the fabric of society. It was a comedy about a very serious subject at the time - interracial marriages. The movie was Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. Spencer Tracy (in his last film) and Katharine Hepburn (in another Oscar-winning role) played a couple who's attitudes are challenged when their white daughter brings home her black fiance. It was groundbreaking for sure.

What's truly interesting is how similar yesterday's interracial marriages are to today's same-sex marriages. The same old prejudices arise. But at the end of the film, Spencer Tracy's character gives a speech that is just as relevant today as it was almost 40 years ago. And what a way to end a career.

Read the words below and remember when they were written. They are timeless. Credit goes to writer William Rose:

Because in the final analysis, it doesn't matter a damn what we think. The only thing that matters is what they feel...and how much they feel...for each other. And if it's half...of what we felt...that's everything.

There'll be a hundred million people right here in this country... who'll be shocked and offended...and appalled at the two of you. And the two of you will just have to ride that out. Maybe every day for the rest of your lives.

You can try to ignore those people...or you can feel sorry for them and for their prejudices...and their bigotry and their blind hatreds and stupid fears. But where necessary...you'll just have to cling tight to each other...and say screw all those people!

Anybody could make a hell of a good case against your getting married. The arguments are so obvious that nobody has to make them. But you're two wonderful people...who happened to fall in love...and happen to have a pigmentation problem.

And I think that now...no matter what kind of a case some bastard could make...against your getting married...there would be only one thing worse. And that would be if...knowing what you two are...knowing what you two have...and knowing what you two feel...you didn't get married.