In Memphis, Tennessee, the board of directors of the Orpheum Theatre Group has shamefully decided to end a beautiful 34-year tradition of showing “Gone with the Wind” because the board claims the movie is now “insensitive.”
On Friday, board members announced the scheme to get rid of the 1939 epic from The Orpheum’s 2018 summer movie series, reports Memphis CBS affiliate WREG-TV.
“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,” board members explained in a statement. “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 Orpheum — a theater with 2,308 seats in downtown Memphis — showed its final screening of “Gone with the Wind” on August 11th.
Ever since the early 1980s, the Orpheum has earned massive amounts of money showing the 238-minute movie about the complicated love life of a plantation owner’s daughter in the Civil War era.
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In past years, the Orpheum showed “Gone with the Wind” quite frequently. In 1999, for example, the theater showed the movie four times in a single week, notes The Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The nonprofit theater set up memorabilia displays and brought in actors who performed minor roles in the Oscar-winning MGM film to create more interest in its “Gone with the Wind” showings.
The Orpheum’s last screening of “Gone with the Wind” on Aug. 11 “generated numerous comments,” the board of directors said.
The 2018 summer movie schedule will include classic films — but not “Gone with the Wind” — along with some newer blockbuster flicks.
“Gone with the Wind” comes up occasionally in the news because certain people believe showing the movie is a type of racism.
In 2015, for instance, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, which supposedly represents more than 500 college-based writing programs, removed a respected poet from a planning committee because she was innocently posting the text of the novel “Gone with the Wind” on Twitter in 140-character increments.
It’s time to boycott these places.