A video is being shared around social media seemingly trying to cancel John Hughes classic 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starring Matthew Broderick. The campaign even comes with its own hastag and everything: #CancelFerris
But the video is actually a parody, of the rising trend to cancel things from the past, entitled WOKE TRAILERS, created by Andy Signore writer here on the site and brainchild of Honest Trailers, who was wrongfully canceled back in 2017.
With HBO Max recently pulling Gone with the Wind to add more historical and social warnings, along with various celebrities including Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and more being called out for past jokes they made that don’t sit well to 2020’s standards. The series taps into the current need to apologize and rewrite history.
While many films indeed do hold some scenes that are outdated and offensive, we must be careful of completely ignoring our history and canceling films that defined generations. Instead, we should be discussing why films aren’t as appropriate.
Signore’s Woke Trailers format parodies elements of the iconic movie trailer format, that he also parodied with Honest Trailers. But this series feels almost more honest, given how relevant PC culture is today. He even brought in original Epic Voice, Gannon Nickell to voice the series which plays as part of an NPR parody podcast called FILM AIR: “Where we air our righteous grievance about problematic films that shaped our nation’s racist and sexist history… and cancel people in the past for what they did in the past in the present and the future…”
Here’s a taste of the Woke Trailer aimed to Cancel Ferris Bueller:
From cis-white filmmaker John Hughes, whose portrayals of high school are as white as the hoods in Birth Of A Nation… Comes another POC nightmare, so chock full of white privilege – It unabashedly declares that white males don’t need to go to school… can break into suburban estates without legal consequence… and no matter how many people they gaslight and abuse – will have neo-nazi parades thrown in their honor… FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF!
And you can watch the full Woke Trailer for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off here: