In a surprising twist, one of Hollywood’s most classic films, Gone With the Wind, is now considered insensitive by a theater board in Memphis, Tennessee.
After receiving numerous comments regarding the film after a screening on August 11th, the board of The Orpheum Theatre has deemed that the classic 1939 film is too insensitive to show at future movie series. The Orpheum Theatre Group released the following statement:
“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 group created an event post on their Facebook page, where even more people exclaimed how they believed the film to be racist.
Gone With the Wind depicts life in the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Over time, the movie has become more and more divisive as people have begun to distance themselves from the movie’s sympathetic view of the South during that time period.
What It Means
While MovieBabble obviously doesn’t condone racist sentiment in art, this Gone With the Wind controversy has raised some interesting questions regarding the future of classic films.
As social norms continue to evolve, older films that are regarded as some of the best in the industry may fade into obscurity. Classic cinema has subject matter that doesn’t exactly align with today’s viewpoints. Some films appear racist to the present eye. Other films present women in a less than ideal light. Could we one day reach a point where pre-1950 film is forgotten?
Clearly the idea posed is somewhat of a blanket question as many older films did not share similar qualities with Gone With the Wind. However, Gone With the Wind is considered by many to be a touchstone of film. It has inspired countless works. As we move forward, it’s natural to expect that even more areas will condemn the film. This action will only reduce the significance of the film. Other movies may quickly succumb to the same fate.
There’s certainly some hyperbole in this discussion. That may be the only fact in this section to some readers. However, there’s no hiding that there are a declining amount of people that watch classic movies. With this piece of news, that amount can only decrease further.
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*Report via Entertainment Weekly