The Controversy about Glory Road

May 14th, 2009 - 11:57 pm ICT by GD  

The film Glory Road was inspired by the real life story of Texas Westerns coach Don Haskins (played in the film by Josh Lucas) who put together a team of street basketball players to win the NCAA finals in the face of odds. From the beginning the movie courts more controversy than it should have, making it rather hyped and drawing in the crowds.

The story of how a basketball coach goes scouring the country for raw basketball talents and ends up with a team of majority black players showed a scene where the colored players come back from a game to see that their room has been ravaged and racial epithets scribbled on the walls. There was also another scene where a player from the team is beaten up on the road as part of a hate crime. On seeing these footage, the Texas A&M University “Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) verified that the incidents had never happened. Disney was asked to offer an apology for the scenes, but Disney said that the film was not a documentary feature and it was important to show the scenes to show the intensity of the struggle of Haskins and the team in getting to the finals. It said it was not trying to malign any group and was in fact sorry for any misunderstanding.

The other controversy came from Kentucky where they showed Adolph Rupp of the University of Kentucky as a racist, when in truth he was far from being one. On being threatened of a backlash if the myth was shown on the movie, the producer made some changes, and deleted a number of scenes depicting Rupp uttering racial slurs.

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