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Finally, Somebody’s Making A Movie About How Difficult Chappaquiddick Was For Ted Kennedy


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You know how it is: Your family is super-rich, your older brother was president, and someday it’ll be your turn. But you also like to party a little too much, and one night, wellllll… Maybe you kinda-sorta make a little oopsie. Maybe a secretary ends up drowning, and okay, okay, it may or may not be all your fault.

Is that really the sort of thing that should follow a guy around for life, when he spends all his non-partying time helping leftists get what they want? Is one woman’s life really that much to pay for open borders and abortion on demand?

Borys Kit, Hollywood Reporter:

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed Fifty Shades of Grey, is in talks to direct Apex Entertainment’s feature Chappaquiddick.

Mark Ciardi is producing the project, with its script just named to the 2015 Black List…

“I’ve done a lot of true life stories, many sports stories, but this one had a deep impact on this country,” said Ciardi. “Everyone has an idea of what happened on Chappaquiddick, and this strings together the events in a compelling and emotional way. You’ll see what [Senator Ted Kennedy] had to go through.”

What he had to go through.

What he had to go through.

Well, he had to go through the car window while Mary Jo Kopechne was trapped inside. And he had to go through the indignity of never becoming President of the United States. Poor, poor Ted.

The Hollywood Reporter story describes Kennedy as being “entangled” in Kopechne’s death, which is a fine example of the passive voice that tends to be used whenever famous liberals get themselves into trouble. Kennedy drove drunk off a bridge and left a woman to die. He wasn’t entangled in her death, he was responsible for it. But he got away with it, because he was wealthy and famous and powerful and — most importantly — a Democrat.

Now Hollywood wants to reframe the narrative to make him some sort of victim, just like they tried to do with Dan Rather. Truth was less of a truth-bomb than a plain old bomb, and Chappaquiddick is sure to sink to the bottom of the box office as well.

But hey, it’s not about the money. It’s about denying reality. Hooray for Hollywood.

(Hat tip: David Rutz)

Update: Jim Geraghty at NRO argues that this movie will ruin Ted Kennedy’s reputation, or whatever’s left of it. I suppose it’s possible, but if they tried to rewrite the fall of Dan Rather…