Back in the early aughts, polarizing musician Dave Matthews spent some time in Oklahoma filming this cinematic take on the famed novel Where the Red Fern Grows. While I was aware of the original version, I had no idea this one ever existed, despite a distribution deal with Walt Disney that should have blanketed it everywhere.
Regardless, the overabundance of Matthews made me enter into this as more of a tepid joke than an actual film, which, admittedly, was an absolute mistake on my part. Despite its various problems, Where the Red Fern Grows is a remarkably sweet tribute to the ultimate proof of God’s love: dogs, dogs, and more dogs.
A few days after insulting every Oklahoma teacher, principal, superintendent, bus driver, janitor, cafeteria worker, guidance counselor, crossing guard, teacher’s aid and just about every other person risking their health to make sure our public schools stay open during a pandemic, Ryan Walters – the guy Governor Stitt put in charge of sabotaging public education in the state – is now desperately trying to restore his image and reputation before the 2022 State School Superintendant election.
It started yesterday when he shared a video on social media announcing he was on his way to sub at South Santa Fe Charter Schools – a district that, ironically enough, was the first in the state to defy Governor Kevin Stitt’s ban on mask mandates in Oklahoma classrooms.
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