Gone with the Wind

It was only a matter of time:

‘Gone With The Wind’ has been pulled from a Memphis theater after patrons complained the 1939 Civil War classic is racially insensitive.

Okay, this is only one theatre and it is in Memphis, so perhaps the film won’t be subject to a nationwide ban just yet. But it wouldn’t surprise me to see the book being noisily removed from syllabuses and libraries across the US before too long. It is not just that the main characters are pro-slavery, it’s that they are not anti-slavery. Were the book written today it would never have been published, and nor would any story about the Civil War that wasn’t a lengthy harangue about the evils of slavery. I fear it’s going to be a subject that will soon be impossible to discuss sensibly, at least in public.

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12 thoughts on “Gone with the Wind

  1. I’m looking forward to a free holiday in the USA. When I offer to pay with a bill with that notorious slave holder Geprge Washington on it, no one will take my money.

  2. The only surprise over a “Gone With The Wind” ban is it hasn’t happened sooner. But as our friends on the left attack every ‘rayciss’ institution, legacy and act they can think of, the number of offensive items shrink. This means, natch, that it all will come under the hammer, eventually.

    Won’t be long before one cannot even mention the US Civil War, and like Winston Smith found, rewriting and amending history is a paying job. Every person named Lee will be forced to change their name, possibly to Lenin and there will be ceremonial burnings of ‘The Dukes Of Hazzard’ memorabilia with us all chanting ‘Kumbaya’ as the faded plastic goes up in flames.

    Then it will be the turn of Lord Of The Rings. Were those maligned Orcs bad, or merely misunderstood, and anyway, what’s wrong with mass immigration? Just because they kill and don’t speak your language…

    The Guardian will then find some half-wit to tell us that Sauron was really a force for good who never got enough love and benefits as a yoof, and then we can smash all the statues of Tolkien.

    But as we gather to trample on The Shire and spit on its remains, those who have been on holiday and have a tan will attract the beady eyes of the left. Isn’t getting a browner skin cultural appropriation? If so, die! Or rather, die first and then we ask.

    In other news, I clearly have too much time on my hands.

  3. Saying that Gone with the Wind is about slavery is like saying that The Sound of Music is about Nazism or that Citizen Kane is about publishing newspapers.

    I’m not saying it’s not without it’s problems, and a bit outdated, but that’s not what Gone with the Wind is about. The *setting* is civil war. It’s a romantic melodrama about women picking between suitors, marrying, bitching at each other. it’s epic level Austen/Mills and Boon. Shit that girls like.

    The reason I wouldn’t show it is that it just isn’t very good. There’s no doubt of its historical significance. It really was epic for its time, but every Sunday night BBC TV series with rich people in 19th century ballrooms does the same job. It isn’t a film about ideas or themes or even great dialogue. It’s mostly on the surface.

  4. “Then it will be the turn of Lord Of The Rings. Were those maligned Orcs bad, or merely misunderstood, and anyway, what’s wrong with mass immigration?”

    Already done.
    http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Racism_in_Tolkien%27s_Works

    ‘It was Isildur who cut off the finger of the Enemy.’ ‘Yes, He has only four on the Black Hand, but they are enough,’ said Gollum shuddering.

  5. Bloke on M4 on August 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm said:
    …There’s no doubt of its historical significance. It really was epic for its time..

    Actually, “Gone with the Wind” was the VERY FIRST epic movie.
    Which is why the movie is such a big deal.

  6. Ok I am biased as relly was in it. However, it was the epic that set such boff records it was not overtaken until the 90s. By any standard a huge triumph and major milestone. People loved and still love its scale and passion. It was antislavery but not preachy nor antisouthern. It should be compared and contrasted with the clansman / birth of nation or even Tarantino’s ‘southern’ Django for scope and scale. Removing it is therefore not just anti intellectual but anti human. To cap it off the most consistantly moral and noble characters in the story are, IMV, the ‘dark’ ones.

  7. It’s odd – unless we understand the alternate reality of the Left (alt-Real?) – that those monuments have been there for decades – some going back to the 1920s – and people haven’t been fainting in the streets.
    It’s been said (by me, at least) that PC is the mind-killer (paraphrasing Frank Herbert). It’s apparently truer than I imagined.

    PS: Next on the chopping block: “Lawrence of Arabia” Cultural appropriation and all that, don’t you know.

  8. Steve at the Pub:
    Gone with the Wind was nowhere near the first Epic film by any stretch of the definition.
    Cabiria, a silent Italian film of 1914, certainly qualifies as an epic and may be the first anywhere. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabiria

    Gone With The Wind wasn’t even the first Hollywood epic by a long way as D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille among others were making epics since the silent era.

    All of which, of course, in no way diminishes the vile stupidity of those wanting to prevent Gone With The Wind from being screened.

  9. JS on August 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm said:

    Wow, thanks for that! (I should have known better, as Cecil B.’s work is well known – even by me).
    Something for me to look forward to, brushing upon Cabiria, and the early work of Cecil B DeMille)

  10. The *setting* is civil war. It’s a romantic melodrama about women picking between suitors, marrying, bitching at each other. it’s epic level Austen/Mills and Boon. Shit that girls like.

    Personally I thought it was brilliant (the book), and not outdated at all!

    The reason I wouldn’t show it is that it just isn’t very good.

    I liked the film too! I thought Clarke Gable was superb.

  11. If people have a problem with GWTW, they are going to shit bricks when they see pre- Craig Bond films.

    The books are incredibly racist, sexist and imperialist (by the standards applied by the SJW contingent).

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