GWTW Blown Away

The Orpheum’s decision not to show Gone With the Wind anymore has gotten national attention. Rush Limbaugh even mentioned it on his radio show yesterday. It made the Drudge Report and condemnations of the decision have peppered conservative sites from around the country.

Of course, if you don’t want to see the movie, boycott it. Don’t buy a ticket and don’t read the book. That’s freedom of speech. That’s too simple a solution, I suppose.

Gone With the Wind’s appeal has always been the romantic story between Scarlett and Rhett Butler. That’s the reason generations have loved it. That and the beautiful costumes in the movie are part of its popularity over the decades.

I don’t think it has incited anyone to go burn down black houses or to join a white supremacist group, has it?

Slavery was not portrayed in it as something desirable. The overseer is the villain of the story. And of all the characters in it, Mammy is probably the most wise and the other major black character, Big Sam, the noblest.

When it debuted, controversy erupted over Clark Gable as Rhett saying at the end, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Today, they’d have worked in the f word and there would have been sex scenes. Look how far we’ve devolved.

At the time, the movie was revolutionary for black people, too. Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy, was the first black person to receive an Oscar. It might sound deprecating today, but in the 30s, that was quite an achievement and advancement for the culture.

I think the Orpheum overreacted by deflating “Wind” and canceling it here. It smacks of Soviet era removal of history. Good or bad, history happened and by dispensing with it we do everyone a disfavor. Has there ever been a perfect person (besides Jesus and Mary) or country? No. Searching for Utopia is a trick of the left meant to divert. It never achieves it, either.

Besides, the title of the story tells the story. That lifestyle, involving slavery, is Gone.

Former Memphian and Fox News reporter Todd Starnes wrote a good piece about his hometown and GWTW. It appeared on townhall.com.

Common sense has gone with the wind in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

The famed Orpheum Theatre has announced it will no longer show summertime screenings of “Gone With the Wind” — ending a 34-year Mid-South tradition.

The Orepheum Theatre Group told me they made the decision to exclude the classic film from its 2018 summer movie series over “specific inquiries from patrons.”

“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 theatre company said in a statement to the Todd Starnes Show.

Television station WREG noted in its coverage that African-American population of Memphis is about 64 percent.

“While title selections for the series are typically made in the spring of each year, the Orpheum has made this determination early in response to specific inquiries from patrons,” the statement read.

It’s bad enough that Memphis leaders wanted to dig up the dead body of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from a local park, but now they want to ban Prissy and Scarlett and Rhett and Aunt Pittypat. This cultural cleansing of my hometown has gone too far.

Brett Batterson, the president of the Orpheum Theatre Group, told the Commercial Appeal the decision was made before the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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“This is about the Orpheum wanting to be inclusive and welcoming to all of Memphis,” he told the newspaper.

Frankly, Mr. Batterson, I don’t give a damn.

But since the Orpheum is all about inclusiveness – perhaps Mr. Batterson could explain why the theatre company is run by a white man? And why is it that an overwhelming number of board members are white? It smacks of white privilege if you ask me.

So using the Orpheum’s flawed logic in banning “Gone With the Wind,” at least 64 percent of the board should be African-American and at least 64 percent of the performances and events at the theatre should be geared towards minority audiences.

Sadly, I predicted several weeks ago that it would be only a matter of time before the culture jihadists targeted Tara.

And now our beloved film is gone with the wind — done in by a bunch of meddling, no-account thespian carpetbaggers.

Many Memphians must be wondering what has come over this here town. To borrow a phrase from “Gone With the Wind,” Liberals have come over it. Same as they’ve come over all of us.

But there’s no use crying in our sweet tea, Southerners.

We must stand up to the scourge of the Yankee liberals. We must stand up and fight. In the words of Scarlett O’Hara, as God is my witness – we’re not gonna let them lick us.

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