- The Washington Times - Monday, August 28, 2017

The iconic film “Gone with the Wind” has been deemed so “insensitive” by Memphis, Tennessee, locals that an organization has ended annual showings.

Director Victor Fleming’s epic drama set during the Civil War and the Reconstruction era was screened for the last time Aug. 11 by The Orpheum Theatre Group. The organization said the 1939 classic would not be included on its 2018 Summer Movie Series due to local backlash surrounding its content, which ironically garnered Hattie McDaniel the first Academy Award — Best Supporting Actress — for a black actor.

“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 group said, a local CBS affiliate reported. “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 film, which stars Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, won 10 Academy Awards after its release. Critics often take issue with McDaniel’s portrayal of “Mammy,” a house servant on a Georgia plantation.

“Will Hollywood stand by and allow their body of work to be judged and eventually destroyed because it doesn’t fit into the political paradigm of our times?” said Mediaite’s Larry O’Connor. “Why stop with this film? If Hollywood allows their leftist buddies (whom they empower) to ban the film version of ‘Gone with the Wind’ then they need to step up and really get this job done. George Clooney and David Geffen and Steven Spielberg should use their fortunes to gather all of the material college professors may find objectionable and build a bonfire at Hollywood and Vine. And, since ‘Gone with the Wind’ is based on a novel, it’s time for a good old-fashioned book burning while we’re at it. First they came for ‘Gone with the Wind,’ and I said nothing…”

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