This is one of the more bizarre movie-related brouhahas I've heard of. Officials at Texas A&M University want Walt Disney Company and the filmmakers and writers associated with the film Glory Road to apologize for falsely depicting the school as having racially-charged scenes take place there.
The film is based on a true story about the Texas Western Miners, who in 1966 made athletic history by becoming the first team with an all-black starting lineup to win the Championship game. The movie, says the university, contains a scene of a "completely fabricated" game beween the Miners and East Texas University, the name of Texas A&M Commerce at that time.p>
In the movie, East Texas fans are potrayed as redneck racists, throwing drinks and yelling racial slurs, and those events, the university claims, really didn't happen. Okay, is it just me, or is this the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard of? Well, okay, maybe not THE most ridiculous, but pretty high up the ladder on the scale of ridiculous things. Does anyone out there not find it conceivably true that there were racists at East Texas University in 1966, who might have been somewhat displeased to have their team playing (and getting beat by) a team led by all-black starters? Anyone? Anyone?
I'd have a hell of a lot more respect for said A&M-Commerce officials if they grew some spines and just said, "You know what, there probably were people from East Texas in 1966 who were racist, and we regret any harm, emotional, physical or otherwise, that may have resulted from racism." Don't try to pull the whole, "Why, racists at East Texas? I say, old chap, you must be joking. There have never been racists at East Texas. Good heavens, no." Yeesh.