So the latest remake in the Planet of the Apes series seems to be a hit. That reminds me of the original, which was really quite good (Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling wrote the script). That reminds me of Charlton Heston, who starred in the original, and said the famous “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” line. That reminds me of a great speech Heston gave at Harvard Law School in 1999, where he excoriated political correctness, victim mentalities, and every other sort of social “gotcha” game that ends up facilitating a coarser, weaker world.
I read a transcript of this my senior year in college, soon after the speech was given. As a youth, like all good, young mass culture consumers, I was reflexively liberal, swallowing whole every bit of media indoctrination presented to me. However, throughout my college years, a confluence of factors started to gel, and I started to see the world differently. This speech was definitely one of those factors. I immediately saw the wisdom in it.