‘Kindergarten Cop’ screening canceled in Oregon compared to ‘Gone with the Wind’


The NW Film Center canceled an Aug. 6 outdoor screening of the 1990 movie “Kindergarten Cop,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger,

After it was excoriated on Twitter for glorifying the traumatization of children by police,

And compared to “Birth of a Nation” and “Gone with the Wind.”

The film had been planned to serve as the kick-off event for a “Cinema Unbound” summer drive-in movie series at Zidell Yards, according to Willamette Week.

The movie stars Schwarzenegger as a detective who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher in order to root out a drug dealer,

Whose child may be one of the students in the class. It was filmed in Astoria, Ore., and turns 30 in December of this year.

The NWFC chose it  “for its importance in Oregon filmmaking history,” according to a press release.

However, their stance quickly changed following a Saturday tweetstorm by left-leaning Portland author Lois Leveen.

Leveen went on a Twitter rant six tweets long about how the film is exploitative and has no comedic or redeeming qualities.

She also referenced a “school-to-prison” pipeline and claimed the police frequently arrest American children and throw them in jail.

“What’s so funny about School-to-Prison pipeline? Kindergarten Cop-Out: Tell @nwfilmcenterthere’s nothing fun in cops traumatizing kids.

National reckoning on overpolicing is a weird time to revive Kindergarten Cop. IRL, we are trying to end school-to-prison pipeline,” she began.

“There’s nothing entertaining about the presence of police in schools,

Which feeds the “school-to-prison” pipeline in which African American, Latinx, and other kids of color are criminalized rather than educated.”