'Gone with the Wind' screening cancelled for being 'insensitive'

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 27, 2017

Photo Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in "Gone With the Wind".

The decision was made after the film "generated numerous comments" this year.

The Orpheum theater has shown that 1939 film each of the past 34 years, as part of its classics series.

This, in fact, is what led the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, to axe the 1940 Oscar-winner "Gone With the Wind" from next year's summer schedule following a screening on August 11, after which the theatre received "numerous comments" from the public, reports Entertainment Weekly. The cancellation of the screening comes against the backdrop of the recent white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va., and a wider national debate about whether to remove public monuments to Confederate figures.

The board at The Orpheum Theatre chose to take down the film after they received "numerous comments" that stemmed from a screening on August 11. The Orpheum carefully reviewed all of them ... Actress Hattie McDaniel, who played a house servant named Mammy, became the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role in the film.

"As an organization whose stated mission is to "entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves", the Orpheum can not show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population", the theater said in a statement.

In a recent interview with The Commercial Appeal, a Memphis newspaper, Mr. Batterson said that there had been concerns about the movie before this summer's screening. "This is something that's been questioned every year, but the social media storm this year really brought it home", he said.

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