This alleged film cricket wants Gone With The Wind never to be screened again. (How he feels about chucking all copies of the novel into a big bonfire he doesn’t specify.) Personally I’d rather listen to bagpipes than watch GWTW because it’s completely tedious and way too long, but this censorship-mania is getting out of hand.
“Warner Bros. just stopped licensing another of pop culture’s most visible uses of the Confederate flag — toy replicas of the General Lee, an orange Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard’’ — as retailers like Amazon and Walmart have finally backed away from selling merchandise with that racist symbol.”
Good grief. And get this: “True, “Gone with the Wind’’ isn’t as blatantly and virulently racist as D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,’’ which was considered one of the greatest American movies as late as the early 1960s, but is now rarely screened, even in museums.”
Because obviously a film cannot be both racist and artistically worthwhile. There is no aesthetic merit without ideological purity. Is this the kind of totalitarian thinking that passes for criticism in a free country?