BTW, some of the back-and-forth discussion on the forum where someone gets riled up, remind me of a movie I just saw that I recommend to everyone. Tom Hanks gave an Oscar-level performance as Fred Rogers. It’s not a kiddie movie. Parts of it are disturbing. It’s based on a true life story of a troubled reporter whose life “Mr. Rogers” turned upside down.
But to appreciate that Fred Rogers was not just a cream puff for kids, I recommend anyone watch the excellent documentary on his life before watching the fictionalized account of his reporter interaction:
The 10,000 word article that the real life reporter, Tom Junod, wrote for Esquire magazine in 1998 that described the BEFORE FRED ROGERS and the AFTER FRED ROGERS, was reprinted by Esquire with more pictures added here (the original version of the article is still on the Esquire website, too):
Folks might want to think about Tom Junod and Mr. Rogers before they get into any contentious back-and-forth on the forum. I know I will be doing so. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a GREAT movie!
P.S. If you wonder about the “excessive” kinetic energy and edge of Tom Hanks “Mr. Rogers” as the movie opens, it’s not that Hanks is doing a lousy job as Mr. Rogers. It was intentional as parts of the movie dip into the surreal and “Mr. Rogers” wants to take you there.