The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis has scrapped plans for a screening of 1939’s “Gone with the Wind” with the cinema’s board deeming the iconic film as “insensitive”.
Over the years, the Civil War and Reconstruction-era set ‘Wind’ has been heavily criticised for being sympathetic towards the South and depicting certain racial stereotypes.
The film was screened at the cinema earlier this month ahead of plans to include it in their Summer film series next year. The retrospective line-up for the Summer is normally announced in the Spring, but in a statement issued by The Orpheum Theatre Group this week they say:
“While title selections for the series are typically made in the spring of each year, the Orpheum has made this determination early in response to specific inquiries from patrons.
The Orpheum appreciates feedback on its programming from all members of the Mid-South community. The recent screening of Gone With The Wind at the Orpheum on Friday, August 11th 2017 generated numerous comments.
The Orpheum carefully reviewed all of them. As an organisation whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves’, the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population.”
People have now taken to the original event’s Facebook page with reactions proving polarising. Upon its release, “Gone With The Wind” won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress.
Source: The Independent