Ban Gone With the Wind?

Thursday, June 25, AD 2015


As fellow blogger Paul Zummo noted yesterday:

Once upon a time it took months and even years for the next level of absurdity to be realized. In modern America it only takes hours.

Now the film critic for The New York Post wants to relegate Gone With the Wind to the museum:

Warner Bros. just stopped licensing another of pop culture’s most visible uses of the Confederate flag — toy replicas of the General Lee, an orange Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard’’ — as retailers like Amazon and Walmart have finally backed away from selling merchandise with that racist symbol.

That studio sent “Gone with the Wind’’ back into theaters for its 75th anniversary in partnership with its sister company Turner Classic Movies in 2014, but I have a feeling the movie’s days as a cash cow are numbered. It’s showing on July 4 at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the museum’s salute to the 100th anniversary of Technicolor — and maybe that’s where this much-loved but undeniably racist artifact really belongs.

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11 Responses to Ban Gone With the Wind?

  • The question regarding all this rush to judgment is; Is this really about offending some, or controlling most?

  • The professional aggrieved class will continue until someone stands up to them and tells them to shut up and go away. Politicians are cowards at heart, especially Republicans, so don’t expect them to do it.

    There has long been a campaign against the Stars and Bars. At University of Mississippi home football games it was de rigeur to bring the Stars and Bars and wave it. UM was embarrassed by this so they replaced it with a blue block letter M in a red background with stars in the block M. Unive3rsity presidents are the very definition of cowards.

  • . Mayor Giuliani and black youtuber Tommy Sotomayor may be the two major media voices smiling at this farce. Sotomayor goes too far in his immoderate feelings against his own people but his central point is very like Giuliani…ie 43 blacks were murdered in May in Baltimore by other blacks after the riot there and no one in the major media will be outraged about that nearly as much as about a lone white psycho killing 9 blacks. I call him psycho because his victims in no way matched who in the black community he was afraid of. Last week in Jersey City, a black woman was shot in the back by a stray bullet in the most dangerous neighborhood of JC and after she fell to the ground, she was robbed by passersby of her jewelry, phone, and medication. There has been no protest march in her honor because all involved were black. Had that happened to her by whites in a white neighborhood, JC would have become April’s Baltimore. Outrage in the US is furtively racial not really about blind justice regardless of color.

  • What’s wrong with some people over there?.

    It’s just a flag that represents a time in history. If there is anything that’s going to perpetuate what it stands for, it’s banning it.

  • Don, there is a lot wrong with us today. We have become hypersensitive over race. Criticism of Obumbler is labeled as racism by Obumbler supporters. Black on black crime is ignored but when a police officer defends himself against a black assailant, the media is all over it hyping it up for more than it is worth.

    Obumbler has done more to divide this country than anything since the Vietnam War. Blacks have not seen their standard of living rise and it is all someone else’s fault. Not the fault of poor blacks, not Obumbler’s fault, but everyone else’s.

    I love this country but I hate what is happening to it. Same with the Church. This is why I so often refer to those things that in the past that were clear cut and solid.

  • Memory tends to sweeten. The country faces enormous challenges today, but it has ever been thus.

  • All this banning and restricting seems to be coming quickly from the powerful, as if a concerted effort to do so, keeping racism on their front burner under the guise of protecting the offended. This seems to be a reaction to the dignity and compassion in evidence in Charleston, as if compassion should have been what was stirred up in other cities by activists. Shameful and ungracious.

  • The movie showed racial harmony and humanity. The country was mostly harmonious until the agitators began to defeat the peace and harmony of Martin Luther King with violence and division.

  • Can’t we still believe that all men are created equal in the image and likeness of God and live to love one another without finding offences that others who disbelieve are dictating? If not, there goes maturity and common sense.

  • Mark Twain would be next–including the Disney movies of Mark Twain’s books.

    Now we can’t have any Southerner portrayed in a sympathetic light, even in a work of fiction.

    A free society does not do this.

    In all honesty, the most racists people I know are my Caucasian cousins who live in the North.

    These folks’ hypocrisy is shown clearly by their not attempting to end slavery in their own time. Have u ever heard a liberal whiner say one word about the sex slaves in Muslim countries? I haven’t.

  • I have decided that most people use offense in the public realm as a weapon to get what they want. Taking offense makes one feel righteous, as the aggrieved, & powerful at the same time, as being a victim gains you sympathy.

    It is a very effective combination in todays world.

    I seem to be regularly pointing out to people that 1. In a free society, people have the right to offend you & 2. Just because someone chooses to be offended doesn’t mean that I agree to take responsibility for that offense.

Gone With the Wind and Proud Contemporary Ignorance

Wednesday, October 1, AD 2014

Apparently some of the young, in addition to not reading, can’t even be bothered to watch a classic film, even when they purport to have an interest in films.  John Nolte at Breitbart gives us the grim details:



Monday we learned that a 25 year-old taking graduate-level journalism classes at New York University had no idea what an editorial was. Today we learn that “most” of the students taking a film class at Georgetown University have never seen “Gone with the Wind.”

[W]hen I asked 13 students in a Georgetown University film class if they’d seen it, most either hadn’t seen the film or had seen only parts of it. These students are serious about movies. But a lot of them sided with Mike Minahan, 20, who said when it comes to Gone with the Wind — frankly, he doesn’t give a damn.

“Everything I’ve seen about it says it, like, glorifies the slave era … and I dunno, what’s the point of that? I don’t see that as a good time in history … like, oh, sweet, a love story of people who own slaves.”

The students had two issues with Gone with the Wind: race and rape.

What a relief it is to know that the next generation of film reviewers, writers, and makers will be politically correct, uneducated, narrow-minded provincials completely out of touch with the real world. You know, just like the current crop of film reviewers, writers and makers.

A poll released Monday shows that 73% of Americans consider “Gone with the Wind” one of the best movies ever.

Not only are these close-minded students missing one of the grandest pieces of entertainment ever released in any medium, but a piece of cinema history that will live on long past any of us. In 1939, GWTW was an epic technical achievement. Seventy-five years later, in this age of CGI, producer David O. Selznick’s masterpiece is even more impressive.

Moreover, the idea that GWTW glorifies rape is laughable. Leftists are supposed to be Captains of Nuance and yet they seem incapable of understanding that this so-called rape is in reality the end result of a complicated dance of seduction between Rhett and Scarlett. As far as the film’s backwards portrayal of slaves and blacks, if you’re going to discount and dismiss any art based on current mores and values, you’re nothing more than a modern day Production Code.

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7 Responses to Gone With the Wind and Proud Contemporary Ignorance

  • They remove the Classics so as to facilitate the indoctrination (“children of our times”) not education of students.

    Post-modern academia/journalism/scholarship derives conclusions based on ideology and not data, facts, logic. It relies on anecdotes and stereotypes incorporated in mental, emotional filters.
    The post-modern academy is venal. Its purpose is to advance the nightmare narrative and provide continual propaganda for the progressive program. It seamlessly imbeds fabrications into facts. It sees reading as arbitrary and personal. A theory cannot be proven only disproven. Post-modern also called Behavioral) academics invent facts, deny/ignore errors, display arrogance and execrate anybody that provides opposing evidence. For those liars, truth, facts, realities, and history do not exist. They are clay in their hands. They use them to make a point. Whatever they need to twist or omit is justified by their purity of intentions – and they always have the purest of intentions.

  • Gone With the Wind is one of the few movies that I have seen in a different light with each viewing, Dr. Strangelove being another. Yes, I’ve come away after seeing it with the same feelings expressed by Mike Minahan (more than once, actually), but other times I’ve have different – though never opposite – reactions. A good movie will go that.

    My son is covering Roman history right now, and he asked me about the First Triumvirate last night. I suggested that we watch Spartacus this weekend, since it is a mostly accurate account of those days. He’s resisting with the excuse that movies are too long to sit through anymore. Sigh.

  • Civilization, cultures, manners, humanity, love and art lost and debased in cerebral activity that doesn’t percolate to achieve understanding beyond the bonds of skin color and sexual activity. Last night, I indulged in the four hour movie with musical accompaniment to actual Introduction, Intermission ( Entr’Acte to boot), and Conclusion – and enjoyed a full spectrum expression of human dignity and love.
    ” The students had two issues with Gone with the Wind: race and rape. ” Homogenized minds.

  • I watched part of (it’s crazy long) Birth of Nation for a film class in college. It makes Gone with the Wind look like a Spike Lee movie. How precious are these kids that they can’t watch some classic films in context? Grow up.

  • Thanks Don for the link to your 2010 Spartacusreview. Yep, my “mostly accurate” comment was an attempt to balance “howlers” and “atmosphere”. One major howler was the crucifixion of a young Roman soldier by orders of Spartacus. Inclusion of that in the film would have ruined the ‘noble slave’ theme, no?

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September 1, 1864: Fall of Atlanta

Monday, September 1, AD 2014

“You can tell your grandchildren about how you watched the Old South fall one night.”

Rhett Butler to Scarlet O’Hara, Gone With The Wind

With the taking of the last rail line out of Atlanta due to the Union victory at the battle of Jonesborough, go here to read about it, Hood wasted no time in ordering the evacuation of his army from Atlanta.  Many Confederates at the time would have agreed with the fictional Rhett Butler that the fall of Altanta likely meant that the Confederacy was going to lose the War.  Their great hope had been that Lincoln would lose his bid for re-election, and with the capture of Atlanta that hope vanished overnight as it was now clear, North and South, that the Union was winning the War.

By 5:00 PM Hood ordered his troops from Atlanta.  Many of the Confederates sang the romantic ballad Lorena as they marched off, a touching factoid missed by the makers of the film Gone With the Wind in their Atlanta falls sequences. 

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One Response to September 1, 1864: Fall of Atlanta

  • Song from the ’70’s: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Although, it’s not a true analogy.

    Also, 1 September is the anniversary of Sedan.

    On 1 Sep 1914, 1st Batt., Irish Guards (1st Corps, 2nd Div., 4th (Guards) Brig.) was fighting a bitter rear-guard action with the 2nd Coldstream Guards to its left, under its commander, Colonel Morris (KIA that day). Their second position was a wooded hell a mile farther south. “. . . .bullet-torn woods, where, when a man dropped in the bracken and bramble, he disappeared.” Their fire discipline caused the Germans to believe the woods were filled with machine guns, “instead of trained men firing together sustainedly.” The “. . . German advance guard was, by comparison an army, all that could be done was to hold back as long as possible the attacks on flank and front . . . ” From Rudyard Kipling, The Irish Guards in the Great War, The First Battalion.