There is very good reason for not tolerating or promoting lazy and crude racial stereotypes.
To put it as gently as I can. They ultimately diminish and demean us all and are also devoid of any real empathy, true understanding or a common humanity. At worst they can ferment and reinforce deep prejudices and division and contribute to much pointless and very damaging misunderstandings.
Many, if not the greater majority are also very tarnished now in the wider historical placing of their original context. Which is another reason why so many find it a bit disturbing, to put it very mildly … to see them pop up today.
I don’t think blanket censorship or canceling out of past art, film or literature is a wise or good thing in any open society. Nor the hiding or re writing of history. It would be heartbreakingly sad for instance to loose Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys just because of her embarrassing upstairs neighbor.
As historical examples we can be informed by them and try to be aware of the broader issues of their time and creation. But when knowingly resurrected or perpetuated as a part of a current culture after most of society has moved on from and discredited them. This can clearly be more much more problematic. But as in all things there are degrees. Sensitivity, awareness and common sense must always be relied on too.
Truly great and lasting character humor and story’s come from genuine lived knowledge and real observation and speak to our universal experience. Great and insightful art will always speak to everyones lives. Surely that is a better goal to aim for. Rather than engage or flirt with discredited and very poorly understood and damaging tropes from the past. Take inspiration and real wisdom from genuine lived experience and try to reach out in your work through true compassion understanding honesty and a shared humanity.
Take care everyone. Try to stay safe and healthy and think of others too.