If this theater company believed their patrons wouldn’t give a really, they were wrong.
A historic Memphis, Tennessee, theater, which has shown “Gone With the Wind” screenings for thirty four years, has decided to remove the traditional film from its schedule due to its racially “insensitive” content.
The move comes after assault erupted at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this 30 days. The president of the Orpheum Theater said the decision to remove the 1939 film was not directly related to the particular recent headlines.
“The Orpheum appreciates opinions on its programming from many members of the mid-south community, inch Orpheum president Bret Batterson stated in a statement to Vulture . “As a business whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the residential areas it serves, ‘ the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its nearby population. ”
His statement continued, “This is something that’s been questioned each year, but the social media storm this year actually brought it home.
Batterson also observed the popularity of the film has “leveled off” in recent years.
Movie-goers took to the Orpheum’s Facebook page to blast the particular theater’s decision.
“This is the stupidest issue I have heard lately and think me there have been some really ridiculous things done lately in the name of ‘racism’ – How ignorant are you individuals – Never will I go to this particular theater or any other one that stimulates this BS, ” one person wrote .
An additional had written , “So now we ur censoring art… come on it’s simply a movie if u don’t like this don’t watch it. ”
Many people required a boycott on the theater’s Fb page.
“Gone With The Wind” won 8 Academy Awards including Best Image. Hattie McDaniel, who played “Mammy” was the first African-American actress in order to win an Academy Award.
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