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Thoughts While Watching Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is a classic American movie. I held out for a long time before finally watching it—I didn’t even know that Bubba Gump restaurants were based on the movie, I just thought they were like Joe’s Crab Shack. Anyway, I finally decided to watch the movie after going to Bubba Gump on spring break in college, where I was promptly embarrassed by the waiter, who more or less told me to jump off my hotel balcony. Ever since I watched Forrest Gump for the first time, I’ve loved the movie. It’s one of those films you can watch over and over and never get sick of. That being said, I did have some thoughts after watching it again recently.

Mamma Gump Was a Hardcore Racist
When Forrest is describing the origins of his name to a nurse that is politely trying to tune him out, he states that he was named after a Confederate General and one of the founding members of the Ku Klux Klan. While Mamma’s explanation that it was to remind Forrest that we all do things that “just don’t make no sense,” it’s opens up questions as to why Mamma would name her son after someone who stood for all things racist. Mamma was clearly a racist whore when Forrest was born out of wedlock, and she tried to pass this ideology down to Forrest. Granted, racism was the norm for whites in the deep south back in the late 1940s, but damn Mamma. She even had a black “housekeeper,” raising even more questions about Mamma’s motive for Forrest. Luckily, Forrest was too intellectually deficient to pick up on Mamma’s racist cues.

Jenny Used the Fuck Out of Forrest
Forrest loved Jenny more than anything, yet she always turned him down. While Forrest was out being one of the greatest Americans of all time, Jenny was whoring around and shooting up heroine on the reg. Talk about a hot mess. Despite Jenny’s struggles and the fact that Forrest could have had any girl that he wanted, he stuck by her side throughout her struggles. But Jenny wanted NOTHING to do with poor Forrest except for a cheap fuck here and there, that is until she found out that he was flushed with cash. Only then did Jenny show up at Forrest’s doorstep. But being the common whore that she was (spoiler, she kicks the bucket), Jenny takes off one day, presumably with a purse full of Bubba Gump money, with no explanation. Unbeknownst to Forrest, Jenny is pregnant with who she claims to be Forrest’s child. But we cannot be certain of this due to Jenny’s revolving door vagina, and she deprives Forrest of even knowing about his potential son until she’s hard for cash and finds out that she’s dying of AIDS. Forrest should’ve had a DNA test done, but he’s so kindhearted that he took the kid in with open arms. Oh, I almost forgot, Jenny finally agrees to marry Forrest at this point, solidifying Jenny’s status as a gold-digger.

Jenny Probably Gave Forrest and Forrest Jr. AIDS
While we can’t be certain that Jenny had AIDS, based on the time period and her needle-based drug use, it’s likely that she had AIDS. The concerning part though is us not knowing when she acquired AIDS (HIV, whatever). It’s entirely possible that she had AIDS prior to Forrest (presumably) knocking her up, which would also make it likely that the disease was passed on to Forrest Jr. Tragic, and now we probably know why there was never a sequel.

Was Forrest Jr. Really That Smart
When Forrest is finally allowed to meet his son, he asks Jenny if he’s smart or if he’s like Forrest Sr. Jenny tells Forrest that he’s “very smart,” and “one of the smartest in his class.” This is all fine and dandy for the purposes of making a feel-good movie, but come on, was Forrest Jr. really that smart? I mean, Jenny claimed he was one of the smartest kids in his class, but by saying that she implied that he was not the smartest. Couple that with the fact that he probably attended an inner-city school in a southern state, so one can reasonably assume that Forrest Jr. wasn’t very smart. Hell by those standards, Forrest Sr. probably could’ve graduated Summa Cum Laude in that school system. Not trying to knock the kid too much, but let’s look at things in perspective before we start throwing out adjectives like “very” and saying he’s one of the smartest in his class.

A Shrimp Company is a Household Name?
In the scene where Forrest is talking to two elders at the bus stop about his success as a shrimping boat captain, the old man laughs in Forrest’s face and is familiar with the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Along with this, Forrest states that the company became a household name. How the fucking does a shrimping company become a household name? Quick—think of the largest shrimping business in the United States. Drawing a blank? Good, because a shrimp company is not, nor ever would be a household name. Even a quick Google search can’t tell me who the big players in the shrimp business are.

How Did Forrest Not Have Diabetes?
He drank approximately 15 Dr. Peppers while at the White House, waiting to meet President Kennedy, and he clearly loved chocolate. I get it, he ran a lot early on, but he had bouts of sedentariness like when he played ping pong for the Army. Maybe it was all the running, but 15 Dr. Peppers in one sitting? Damn. A quick Google search shows that one bottle of Dr. Pepper has 64 grams of sugar, multiply that by 15, which means that Forrest ingested 960 grams of sugar in one sitting! That’s almost twenty times the recommended daily count for sugar. Anyway, it doesn’t really matter if he had diabetes or not since Jenny gave him AIDS.

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