Saturday, August 26, 2017

Killing Scarlett

It was only a matter of time until the war on Confederate statues metastasized to culture and the first target it seems is “Gone With the Wind”, considered one of the greatest American movies ever made and currently #4 on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 movies of all time. 

The Orpheum Theater in Memphis Tenn. have started the ball rolling by deciding to drop the classic 1939 movie set in the plantation era South, with a backdrop of the Civil War, from its annual Summer Movie Series due to negative feedback following the films last showing earlier this month.
“As an organization whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves’, the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population,” the theater’s operators said in a statement. The historic theater in Downtown Memphis has shown the movie for decades, but this year’s event “generated numerous comments,” leading to the decision." - Memphis
By deeming a classic like “Gone With the Wind” which won Eight Academy Awards to be so offensive that it is effectively being censored will only embolden the cultural jihadists to go after other films. Can we say Cowboys and Indians??

The film has been attack before as I wrote in this post from 2015 about flap-jawed flunkey actors turned film critics are like annoying barking dogs or someone who stands next to you in a art museum and insistently explains the meaning of a painting, who at the time were then starting to criticize the film.

But anyone who's ever read Margaret Mitchell's book "Gone With the Wind" will recognize immediately this is not a story about the civil war, but a fictional story set during the time of the civil war.  And I guess the present day PC crowd have forgotten, even though written by a southerner, some northern liberal film critics of the time lauded the film as a sort of elitist glove slap at a lost cause and backward Southern culture, and the film did not initially play well in the South. 

But now, the left deems it insensitive. Go figure.....

Thank You MJA for the Linkage!

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