Apparently, there is some controversy over the upcoming HBO film production of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” (How fortunate for HBO’s publicity department.)
According to a rather high-handed NY Times article, the film’s producers took license by adding a new character: a man who was part Sioux, was educated at an Ivy League college and married a white woman.
The truly not-fortunate reasoning being, according to the writer who adapted the book for HBO Films, “everyone felt very strongly that we needed a white character or a part-white, part-Indian character to carry a contemporary white audience through this project.”
Ouch. And, I might add, WTF?
I might as well mention now that when I’m not being the Literate Kitten, I am busy channeling my Pop-Tart Culture alternate personality. To that end, I fork over inordinately large percentages of my salary to Comcast Cable so I can devour such uplifting media fare as Project Runway, Ghost Hunters and Wife, Mom, Bounty Hunter. (In my defense, I do watch PBS and The Learning Channel more often than I do the Food Porn network.)
Seeing as how I have made a huge investment in HBO and the fact that the Bury My Heart production features Aidan Quinn, I owe it to my Evil Remote-Hopping Twin to tune in.
In homage to my Literate Kittenish self, however, I intend to read the book first. (I think because this book was released when I was a freshman, it didn’t make my High School Required Reading list. So, no, I have not yet read it.)
I cannot imagine how the film can remain true to the plot, when an extra character has been thrown willy-nilly into the mix. Oh, and when that extra character is described as a much-needed protagonist. (Why didn’t they call it Dances with Prairie Dogs and be done with it?)
The movie premiers May 27. I will duly report on Book versus Film, Kitten versus Pop-Tart.