“Kindergarten Cop” Pulled From Some Theaters Over Complaints

August 6, 2020
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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As movie theaters slowly star opening across the country, some screenings are being canceled for reasons other than COVID.

A theater in Portland, Oregon has called off an upcoming screening of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 comedy “Kindergarten Cop” after complaints that the flick “romanticizes over-policing.”

The Northwest Film Center was set to screen the film shot in Astoria as part of its summer drive-in series “for its importance in Oregon filmmaking history", but then Portland author Lois Leveen fired off a bunch of since-privated tweets saying the movie’s depiction of police in schools perpetuates systemic racism.

“Criminalizing of children increases dramatically when cops work in schools. Yes, KINDERGARTEN COP is only a movie. So are BIRTH OF A NATION and GONE WITH THE WIND, but we recognize films like those are not ‘good family fun.’”

Arnold Schwarzenegger has yet to comment on the matter.