Would you believe “Gone With The Wind” is gone with the wind?
Well, unless saner heads prevail, in Memphis, Tennessee that is actually going to be a reality.
From David Royer’s article for WRGM, CBS’s Memphis affiliate:
“Gone With the Wind” will be gone from The Orpheum’s summer movie series, the theater’s board said Friday.
The Orpheum Theatre Group decided not to include the 1939 movie about a plantation in the Civil War-era South in its 2018 Summer Movie Series after feedback from patrons following the last screening Aug. 11.
“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.
Memphis’ population is about 64 percent African-American.
Let me get this straight: a movie – a classic, renowned movie from a classic, renowned book, which talks about a specific part of history, is going to be censored out of a film series because it is offensive to some number of patrons? What about all the other people?
Will they be censoring out Schindler’s List because it talks about nazi concentration camps?
How about Roberto Benini’s academy award-winning performance in Life Is Beautiful – same subject.
And the Godfather and Godfather II must have offended Italian people, right? Bye-bye.
Will they drop “Frozen” from the kid’s series because when Olaf melts it could offend snowmen too?
These are MOVIES. They talk about SUBJECTS. Not every subject is feel-good to everybody. If some patrons do not want to see the movie because they are offended by its subject, they should not go to the movie. Their offense should not prevent everyone else from seeing it.
This proves that old adage (well, okay, my version of it), that “beauty is only skin deep, but stupid is right to the bone”.
Like the title says, you can’t make this stuff up.