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Driving Miss Daisy Fandoms

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Driving Miss Daisy has more of an anti-fandom these days. We can't print Spike Lee's comment about the film without a few asterisks, but Lee, whose film Do the Right Thing was nominated for Best Screenplay (but not Best Picture) in 1990, said "When Driving Miss M***********g Daisy won Best Picture, that hurt."

Um, we don't think that was her actual middle name, but we understand where he's coming from.

Driving Miss Daisy is a film that many believe looks at pre-Civil Rights days with rose-colored glasses. It's a feel-good film, but the only people feeling good are the white people living in a world where happy blacks serve them with smiles on their faces. Even Morgan Freeman called the film a "mistake" later in his career.

Despite the backlash, the play Driving Miss Daisy was revived in 2010, featuring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones as Miss Daisy and Hoke. We can only hope he says, "Miss Daisy…I am your driver."

You know what does have fans? The cars. They sure don't make them like this anymore.

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