Memphis Tennessee’s Orpheum Theater has cancelled the movie “Gone With the Wind” from it’s summer movie series, because it is “insensitive” to the black community the theater’s board said on 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.)
Orpheum’s Facebook page event for the August screening has users become a battleground with some posters saying the film is “racist.” Another notable comment has somebody saying “slowly but surely, we will rid this community of all tributes to white supremacy.” Others meanwhile are deeply disappointed that the movie group has dropped GWTW. “I thought this was a joke! Shame on you for canceling “GWTW.” You just insulted every single actor and crew member on this film. You insulted SAG and every institution that has fought for this film to be exhibited since its release in 1939. How pathetic!”
Gone With the Wind is raked at #6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF ALL TIME
An interesting point to all this is that Hattie McDaniel was the first black American to win an Oscar with her co-staring role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind. McDaniel the daughter of former slaves rose to the epitome of the elite acting profession and was justly rewarded for her role in the classic film.
I guess her achievement is also gone with the wind.