It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of tearing down Confederate statues, spitting on the legacy of Christopher Columbus, and even declaring the national anthem a poem of oppression would have been regarded as too anti-American even for the most extreme fringes of the left. But the window has a way of moving, and it is moving fast. Modern American liberals are not only turning against these icons of our nation’s history, they are quickly trying to erase even classic cinema from the landscape.
Thus, if you want to see “Gone with the Wind” in any setting other than your own home, you might want to make plans to do so soon. Because if what just happened in Memphis is any indication, the day could soon be coming when the classic Civil War film is no longer fit to be displayed on public screens.
The Orpheum Theatre has exhibited “Gone with the Wind” annually for 34 years, but its president decided this summer that the movie – the highest-grossing film in history, when adjusted for inflation – was no longer fit for sensitive viewers. Due to its racially “insensitive” content,” the film had to be removed from the theater’s yearly schedule.
“The Orpheum appreciates feedback on its programming from all members of the mid-south community,” Orpheum president Bret Batterson said. “As an organization 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. This is something that’s been questioned every year, but the social media storm this year really brought it home.”
Ah, the good old “social media storm” – killing off treasured American institutions faster than any war in world history. When is the country going to wake up and realize that the social justice warriors of Twitter simply…don’t matter? That they have only one purpose: To find, collect, and rage against a new cultural touchstone every week? If it’s a statue last week and a movie this week, it will be a TV show next week and an art exhibit the week after. The “movement,” as it were, thrives on outrage, and it won’t be satisfied until…scratch that, because it will NEVER be satisfied. It isn’t LOOKING for satisfaction. These people get their entire identity from opposing everything that makes America what it is. To stop would be to become just average people, doing average, everyday things. And these idiots are so brainwashed by their own propaganda that they actually think they are freedom fighters waging war for a new, socialist utopia.
The only question is how much of our national culture we’re willing to let them devour in their insatiable hunger for controversy.