Personally, I think Gone With the Wind is an amazing film. Perhaps after it is removed from our collective memories, as Robert E. Lee statues have been in countless southern towns, Tyler Perry can give the film the Hamilton treatment so that we can all enjoy it again.
“Gone with the Wind” may be a Hollywood classic, but it’s also one of the most controversial movies in American cinema thanks to its idyllic, romanticized depiction of slavery in the South before the Civil War.
The latest controversy surrounding the 1939 film takes place at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee, where owners have decided to drop the film from a summer movie series for the first time in over 30 years.
The real problem with banning classic films is that Hollywood is incapable at replacing them at an adequate rate with new films worthy of the canon.
Sure, there have been a few pretty decent films over the last few years, especially if one disregards the ubiquitous superhero franchises hell-bent on infantilizing millennial “men”. But for every passable Hollywood film made for the thinking man, there are 10 other films that are the cinematic interpretation of literal dick jokes.
Culturally, we are at the point of no return, folks.
In response to the backlash, representative Brett Batterson issued a statement on Saturday announcing plans to drop the film:
“The Orpheum appreciates feedback on its programming from all members of the mid-south community. The recent screening of Gone With the Wind at the Orpheum on Friday, August 11, 2017, generated numerous comments. The Orpheum carefully reviewed all of them … 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.”