‘Gone with the Wind’ – Latest effort to ‘rewrite American history’ hits Memphis theater

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Refusing to show such a historically significant film is an example of trying to rewrite America’s history: it should be shown and talked about and not called insensitive, says writer and comedian Jeffrey Mark Klein.

After targeting monuments commemorating the lives of Confederate leaders, the split in US society is now moving to the world of the big screen.

The Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee said it would cancel its annual showing of the 1939 classic movie ‘Gone with the Wind.’ Directed by Victor Fleming, the film about love during the Civil War, which grabbed eight Academy Awards, has been accused of being “racist and insensitive” by some people.

The theater remained rather vague about the number of people who disagreed with the showing of the film, saying only they had “numerous comments” from viewers.

Based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, the film is set on a Southern plantation during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Canceling the showing after 34 consecutive years of being featured at The Orpheum fired up social media. Some tweets were accompanied with the hashtag #HattieMcDaniel after the actress, who played the house maid Mammy. For her role in the film, McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award.

The film’s producer, Daniel O. Selznick, reportedly collaborated closely with the black community to avoid any accusations of racism.

Source/Full story: RT.com

Author: Sander Laanemaa

Sander Laanemaa was born in Estonia in 1984. In 2011 he graduated from the Estonian Maritime Academy as a deck officer. During his studies he took an interest in history, philosophy, psychology, and the occult. His research guided him deep into the rabbit hole, which ultimately led to the creation of Culture Wars.

Sander is fluent in English, Swedish, Finnish, and Estonian.

He has given a number of lectures on various topics on maritime affairs, and also on ancient history and the faults of contemporary social movements.

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