In the post-Harvey Weinstein era, bad-boy actors, directors, and producers are not the only ones in Hollywood coming under fire.

Classic television films, shows and music are now being scrutinized by a zealous fringe mob within the #MeToo world — that wants these components of our cultural heritage thrown into the ash heap of unacceptable airplay.

Headline News anchor Carol Costello recently penned a piece for in which she decried the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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“I can’t even watch a Christmas movie like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ without wondering if it is inherently sexist. And I love that movie.”

She added, “But seriously, if gorgeous, brilliant Mary had never met her George Bailey, would she have ended up working in a library? Worse than that, would she have been an old maid — a fate apparently worse than death when the movie was made in 1946?”

After questioning the sexism of the film, Costello asked, “But have we become too sensitive to lyrics, movies and plays?”

She then cited CNN legal analyst Paul Callan for pointing out the insensitive sexism in the classic Broadway hit “The Producers.”

“I think … Ulla was the sexy receptionist who got her butt tapped a few times by all of the people in this very successful Broadway show,” Callan said on HLN.

Costello concluded in her piece there should be a retirement of these classic pieces of our cultural identity for the sake of the children.

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“Old-fashioned songs, plays and ballets are a part of the real world,” she wrote. “They can influence the way kids think about gender roles. Perhaps it is time we retire these dinosaurs and bask in a brighter, more equitable future. It’s happening right under our noses.”

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She added, “I most certainly will never watch that movie or hear that song in the same way I did when I was a kid. And that’s a good thing.”

Paste magazine writer Oktay Ege Kozak wrote in a separate piece that as we “acknowledge that culture changes,” we should be aware of some classic films that approached “sexual assault or bullying with either a disturbingly light tone, or worse yet, in a way that appears to condone such behavior.”

Kozak pointed to the 1984 film “Revenge of the Nerds” as a film full of rape, voyeurism and revenge porn. “One of the nerds straight-up rapes his crush by pretending to be her boyfriend, and only gets away with it because ‘he was good at sex.’ Apart from these obvious gross acts, the social dynamic of the film would also have to be completely retooled for modern sensibilities, since the nerds would be the narcissistic bullies this time around, thanks to the tech boom.”

Kozak also called out various films that allegedly condone rape, including the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Marnie,” “Sixteen Candles,” “High Plains Drifter,” and “Blade Runner.”

The cult classic “Saturday Night Fever” reveals “the depth of sexual assault culture in America,” wrote John Toner of Pop Sugar. Toner called the stars of the film “disco rapists” when they assault the intoxicated dancer Annette.

“What’s perhaps most disturbing is how these films all juxtapose and even associate the joys of entertainment — Music! Action sequences! Dance! — with sexual violence, normalizing it and undermining its impact,” Toner wrote.

“The lines in the musical ‘Grease’ are pretty wild. ‘Tell me more, tell me more (did she put up a fight?!)’ … that’s some Weinstein #MeToo stuff,” wrote one Twitter user.

What is lost by these #MeToo analysts is that no one is condoning rape by producing and distributing these films. Of course, rape is terrible. And when people watch these films, they’re aware that films provide a social commentary about its existence. Even drunken film scenes clearly are not a permission slip in “normalizing” the practice — but a reminder of the dangers of intoxication and bad company.

Social media trolls also took on the film “Grease” as unacceptable in the wake of #MeToo movement.

“The lines in the musical ‘Grease’ are pretty wild. ‘Tell me more, tell me more (did she put up a fight?!)’ … that’s some Weinstein #MeToo stuff,” wrote one Twitter user.

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People have now also called out the 1980s classic “Back to the Future.”

“Watched ‘Back to the Future’ for the first time in a decade … Biff was a bit Rape’y. .. No? Thoughts? #MeToo,” wrote one person on Twitter.

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Another wrote, “Biff in ‘Back to the Future’ was a pure Weinstein #MeToo.”

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We shouldn’t hold movie characters to today’s standards of behavior. We can’t. They are fantasy, art and part of an imaginary world that is separate and distinct from the moral standards of a real person. It is not lost on the viewing public that bad actions are bad. If we strip away every wrong deed done in movies — there would be no movies to watch.

Art is meant to challenge, which these critics don’t seem to understand. They prefer a form of cultural sanitation that is pretty close to censorship.

Erasing our cultural history doesn’t make the world a better place, and blinding our kids to the bad in the world doesn’t make them better people. We recognize bad in the world and let art imitate it — but that doesn’t mean the art itself is inherently bad.

Somebody should get these modern-day book burners copies of “Fahrenheit 451.”

Heather Hunter is a talk-radio show producer based in the Washington, D.C., area.