Columnist: ‘Gone with the Wind’ Should go the Way of the Confederate Flag

Lou Lumenick of the New York Post believes that it is time to relegate “Gone with the Wind” to the dustbin of history. The film, which won the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, is hopelessly backwards and has little value today, according to Lumenick.

“What does it say about us as a nation,” Lumenick asks, “if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the “GWTW’’ intermission?”
He continues, “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… That studio sent “Gone with the Wind’’ back into theaters for its 75th anniversary in partnership with its sister company Turner Classic Movies in 2014, but I have a feeling the movie’s days as a cash cow are numbered.”

Lumenick concludes, “It’s showing on July 4 at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the museum’s salute to the 100th anniversary of Technicolor — and maybe that’s where this much-loved but undeniably racist artifact really belongs.”


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