Journalists were happy to see the movie “Gosnell” slip out of view, but then something happened that they couldn’t ignore: President Trump had arranged a screening at the White House with director and star Nick Searcy in April. Now it was time for liberals to pounce.
Suddenly it was the progressives who were pearl-clutching prudes. POLITICO called it “graphic” (it’s not, at all), and Searcy called out the Slate writer who said “gory” was “a factual description of this movie,” challenging her to tell her readers “the exact time code at which @gosnellmovie ‘depicts second- and third-trimester abortions in gruesome detail,” as she’d written in her piece.
In short, practically no one reporting on the bloody, graphic, gory, and gruesome “Gosnell” had actually seen it.
It took The New Yorker a while to get around to covering it, and writer Jia Tolentino described it as “the transparently racist, repulsive criminal-justice movie that was recently screened in Donald Trump’s White House.”
Yes, the movie was about criminal justice — Kermit Gosnell is a convicted criminal — but “transparently racist”? Searcy must be amazed in retrospect as the movie’s director to have missed all the gore and transparent racism.
— Nick Searcy, YOUNG, VIBRANT FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) May 20, 2019
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) May 20, 2019
Yeah, we are so racist we are trying to save black babies from the good guys who want to rid them from the world.
— Lisa (@Lisacpc1) May 20, 2019
Was it racist because it depicted the black guy as a bad guy? Just because a couple of black women died in his clinic, whose basement was stuffed with the remains of 47 babies who’d been delivered and their spinal cords cut? Because he cut off babies’ feet and kept them in jars?
Typical isn’t it? If you don’t agree with them, they label you a racist. Just shameful
— Mary Ann (@mavola1) May 20, 2019
Seen both movies. There is nothing "transparently racist" about either one. New Yorker is a trashy, liberal tabloid. I wouldn't lose one ounce of sleep..
— Barry Smith (@badassbarry) May 20, 2019
The truth is racist to the real racists
— Mathew Eifert (@EifertMathew) May 20, 2019
Who is she & why does her opinion matter? It's a phenominal life changing movie. She must have watched something else.
— Stephanie (@StephanieRW2016) May 20, 2019
Racists? All of you? I knew there was a reason I love y’all. ???
— joan libbra (@joaniel47) May 20, 2019
??? Love it too Joan. There is absolutely nothing racist about @GosnellMovie . It's about a Dr. performing late term illegal abortions. What does that have to do with race? @RealDeanCain is the most kind, generous, accepting, and least racist person that I know. ❤️
— June Anderson (@Mallqueen01) May 20, 2019
Gosnell was great! Haven't seen Unplanned yet as it's apparently been "blacklisted" by theatres up here in Canada. Very entertaining appearance on Michal Malice's show by the way!
— Scott Stringle (@Stringle_Line) May 20, 2019
@yesnicksearcy Don't you understand? You're either woke or racist. Or you're woke & racist if you're a white male. You're just woke enough to recognize it.
— #Journalisming Jim (@LookatmeLookat1) May 20, 2019
Seriously, is “racist” a word writers just throw in there to bump up the word count or what?
Nick Searcy busts Slate writer who falsely called Gosnell film 'gory' — and gives her an impossible task https://t.co/hzD1SQVtAt
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 12, 2019