Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Coming attractions: New movie Chappaquiddick may threaten Kennedy mythology



The following article appeared in the American Thinker on December 23rd


By the standards of the #MeToo movement, the late Senator Ted Kennedy was a monster, far worse than anything alleged about Harvey Weinstein.  And he has never been held to account, by the media and historians, for his brutal crimes against women.  He not only accidentally killed one of his prey, Mary Jo Kopechne, but engaged in a vicious sexual assault in public, in the so-called "waitress sandwich" attack.  Readers unfamiliar with that incident are urged to read the undisputed account of the violent attack that was witnessed by fellow diners at Washington's expensive La Brasserie restaurant. 
Mary Jo Kopechne and Kennedy's Olds

Yet his party and supporters – who almost universally attack a purported Republican "war on women" – called him the "lion of the Senate" and never held him to account.  In the current historical moment, as those who allegedly knew about Harvey Weinstein's alleged crimes yet remained silent are facing blowback against their reputations, conservatives may well find themselves joined by feminists in taking on the reputation of "Teddy" – a nickname suggesting a lovable stuffed animal more than a callous user of women.

It is the perfect moment for a major motion picture that rewrites the story of Edward M. Kennedy, and if the producers have been faithful to the facts, we may have one hitting the local megaplexes this April.  

Here is the promising trailer for Chappaquiddick.


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