The much-anticipated remake of the iconic West Side Story by Steven Spielberg was released on Dec. 10. The movie was originally planned for a release in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed it. It’s an entertaining movie and worth the price of admission. Unfortunately, like everything liberals seem to touch, Spielberg used his artistic license to wokify the story, adding a transgender character — in a street gang in New York in the 1950s.
In the original musical, the character “Anybodys” is a ‘50s tomboy. Anybodys is female, has short hair, a feisty attitude, and desperately wants to join the Jets gang. In Spielberg’s “Woke Side Story,” the character is established as transgender and is portrayed by transgender actor Iris Menas. Obviously, this is unnecessary but also completely unrealistic. In a film that features choreographed dance gang fights, dances in the middle of busy city streets, and two teenagers falling madly in love in the course of a day or so, the transgender character is the most unbelievably fictitious part of the film.
One of the most famous songs from the musical is “America.” Given Spielberg’s ideological interpretation, it’s somewhat shocking that he didn’t change the lyrics of the song from “I like to be in America” to “I like to be whatever gender I want to be.”
West Side Story is set in 1950s America, not the woke nirvana of 2021. Spielberg’s “Woke Side Story” takes one of the most famous musicals of all time and turns it into a public service announcement for gender dysphoria representation.