A Theater Pulled "Birth of a Nation"....No Wait, They Pulled "Gone With The Wind" For Being Racially Insensitive

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Fox 5 – Tennessee theater has canceled a long-running screening of “Gone With the Wind” because of racially insensitive content in the classic 1939 film.

Officials at Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre have announced that the film will not be shown during its summer movie series in 2018. Theater president Brett Batterson says in a statement that “the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population.”

The film was shown at the Orpheum on Aug. 11. This is the 34th straight year it has screened at the theater.

“Gone With the Wind” tells the story of the daughter of a Georgia plantation owner during and after the Civil War.

Batterson tells the Memphis Commercial Appeal a “social media storm” played a role in the decision.


I’m going to level with you here. I’ve never seen “Gone With The Wind”. Most people I know haven’t seen Gone With The Wind. Why watch an all time classic movie like that when you can watch The Office 100 times on Netflix instead? Checkmate, film purists.

But you don’t need to have seen the film to think this is just a bitttt ridiculous. Usually when there is outrage and what have you, I can at least see the other side. It’s usually stupid, but I can usually at least look at the other side of the situation and at least be like “hm, I suppose that makes a little bit of sense”. But not this time.

This is a freaking movie. It has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes (Toy Story has 100%, suck it GWTW), and is considered by many to be one of the best movies ever made. It’s an all time classic. You can’t just pull movies out of theaters because a few people are like “it’s outdated racially”. Uhhh, no shit! It’s from 1939! It’s about the Civil War! Of course some themes don’t quite hold up. But that’s the beauty of movies, they resinate at their time, and you can watch it later to learn and reflect.

But here’s the worst part. “Batterson tells the Memphis Commercial Appeal a “social media storm” played a role in the decision.”

Fuckkkkkk that. Fuck social media playing a role in pretty much anything, especially shit like this. So some people on Twitter tweeted some gifs, boo hoo. The second you let the very vocal minority on Twitter take control of your business and make decisions, it’s all over. The theater has to grow some balls and be like everyone shut the fuckkkkkk up, it’s a movie, it wins all sorts of awards, don’t watch it if you don’t want to. But they didn’t, and the .001% just took Gone With The Wind out of the theater. Woof.