Joëlle Bouille asked:
Plagiarism? https://www.facebook.com/notes/humanistan/as-i-began-to-love-myself-charlie-chaplins-speech-on-his-70th-birthday-april-16-/522329911182631 Kim McMillen died in 1996 at 52, so was only 15 when Chaplin gave this speech. Anyone know of any book about Chaplin actually containing the speech that is attributed to him IN PRINT?
Anne I also wanted very much to definitively know the original author, so I kept digging. At Reddit, someone stated that this quote has been misattributed to Charlie Chaplin since 2003, and that, in fact, it is based on a section from the 2001 book "When I Loved Myself Enough" by Kim McMillen. That person stated that after Kim McMillen's book "was translated into Portuguese, it was 'adopted' by an online community of Brazilian Chaplin fans, who changed some of the text to express their own sentiments. The altered [Brazilian] poem was re-translated back into English," suggesting that this is the source of the misattribution. If that's the case, the facts that Kim McMillen passed in 1996 and that Charlie Chaplin's 70th birthday was on April 16, 1959, have no bearing on the misattribution. I've since found a Snopes article stating that it is properly attributed to Kim and Alison McMillen, co-authors of "When I Loved Myself Enough." OR, more specifically, in the words of Snopes: "This poem is actually an English translation of Portuguese translation of an English language book written by Kim and Alison McMillen in 2001 entitled “When I Loved Myself Enough.” That text was then altered even further into the shareable form it consists of today. It’s unclear who arranged these stanzas into their current form." [My personal concern is that I've noticed many quotes from women being incorrectly attributed to men.] Link to source on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/humanism/com... Link to Snopes.com answer: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cha... Link to GoodReads post misattributing it to Charlie Chaplin: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8099...
A Colleen Jones There's no evidence that Charlie Chaplin wrote this or read it at his 70th birthday, unless there is a video taken by someone who attended. I've searched online but cannot find anything to confirm it one way or the other. As someone pointed out, it's not Mr. Chaplin's writing style. Also, it's not unusual for quotes to be incorrectly attributed to famous people. Either way, the poem that is in dispute is still lovely.