Mount Rushmore Vandalism: Gov. Issues Warning and More News


Mount Rushmore Could Become a Target for Vandalism, Gov. Issues Warning; and How Keanu Reeves Refused to Abuse Winona Ryder During Dracula.

 classic view of Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore Targeted for Vandalism, Gov. Issues Warning

A campaign geared toward taking down statues across the country has been moving quickly. First, they targeted monuments of Confederate generals, and now they seem to be moving on to former Presidents.

One of those include the famed Mount Rushmore, and South Dakota’s governor is promising that it won’t be next.

“Not on my watch,” said Gov. Kristi Noem on Twitter. This was after Ben Shapiro quipped that the chiseled faces of the former Presidents might be the next target of the “woke historical revisionist priesthood.”

So far, there hasn’t been any serious indication that the attraction might be vandalized, but their likenesses have been targeted elsewhere. Various statues have been ripped down and defaced by groups after the death of George Floyd in police custody.

First, the movement was aimed at Confederate leaders and generals, but the push has started to veer toward other historical figures as well. On Thursday, a statue of President George Washington was toppled in Portland, Oregon. On Friday, the same happened to a statue of former President Ulysses S. Grant.

Then, on Monday, a similar attempt targeted a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. near the White House.

As a result, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and warned that anyone involved in vandalizing statues could be jailed for up to 10 years.

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Keanu Reeves Refused to Abuse Winona Ryder During ‘Dracula’

In a new interview, Winona Ryder has revealed that the director of “Dracula,” Francis Ford Coppola, tried to convince Keanu Reeves to make her cry during a scene. He asked Reeves to hurl abuse at her, which he refused to do.

Reeves and Ryder starred together in the 1992 adaption of Bram Stoker’s classic. Ryder played Mina Harker, the vampire’s object of obsession, and Reeves played her fiancé.

“Literally, Richard R Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu… Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry. But Keanu wouldn’t. Anthony wouldn’t… it just didn’t work. I was like, really? It kind of did the opposite.”

Regardless of the incident, Ryder says that she and Coppola are “good now”, and that the incident helped solidify her friendship with Reeves. At least her digital health records won’t need to add the results of this type of incident.

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