Artists in Action #385


On a visit to Washington, Sophia Loren cheerfully waves a Confederate battle flag

8 comments:

Dysthymiac said...

... because she is from THE SOUTH of Italy?

SomeNYGuy said...

The South will rise again!

(But really, Sophia, this was a bad idea.)

Brent McKee said...

"But really, Sophia, this was a bad idea."

Not at the time. Attitudes towards such icons change. At the point when this photo was taken (early to mid-1960s?) there wasn't the stigma that has become attached to that flag in our period of political correctness. And Washington was a Southern city.

Tom Sutpen said...

This was taken in 1958, in connection with a publicity tour for Houseboat. I was actually going to add a joke about publicists being shot at sunrise for allowing this, but I was struck by the very point Brent just made. The Confederate flag in '58 wasn't the utterly toxic symbol of amoral defiance it would become as little as five years later, when Southern states began flying it over their state capitol buildings.

SomeNYGuy said...

Sorry, pals -- it's been a toxic (and unpatriotic, anti-American) symbol since its creation, although its survival in certain circles is exponentially more despicable.

The civil rights movement was in full swing in 1958, and the Confederate battle flag was the textile equivalent of the vilest hate speech imaginable.

Political correctness has nothing to do with it. Wave one near me and "them's fightin' words."

And I need not restate that I love, adore, and cherish Sophia Loren. When she sings that little "Soldi, Soldi" song in Boccaccio '70 you could knock me over with a limp fettuccine. (Anyone with an MP3 to share earns my undying gratitude.)

Vanwall said...

Wasn't this the secret Daisy audtion for "Dukes of Hazard"? Ah, those knucklehead TV producers - Soph woulda looked good in cut-offs and a T, splayed over the hood of a Dodge Charger...with a Stars n' Bars, no less. Lessee, that was in '79, I recollect? and I don't mean 1879. Yeah, it's good thang the War Between was over so recent like.

VP81955 said...

Judging from the background (and ceiling on the upper left), this was taken at Union Station before its decline, then re-emergence as a Metrorail/Amtrak transfer point and upscale shopping/dining area. Much of "Houseboat" was filmed in Washington, D.C.

In Loren's defense, I doubt that in 1958, she was sufficiently versed in American history to completely understand the racial ramifications. Then again, I doubt any black person witnessing the scene at the time was all that offended.

swac said...

As if anybody wouldn't want to cross her Mason-Dixon line...