September 03, 2017

Gone with the memory hole: Will these “racially insensitive” films be banned next?

David MenziesMission Specialist

Statues aren’t the only things being consigned to the politically incorrect scrapheap. Movies are next, with the  Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee cancelling a long-running screening of Gone With the Wind over complaints that it’s racially insensitive. 

It doesn’t matter that the film was released in 1939 and is a depiction of the U.S. South during the Civil War some 150 years ago.

Gone With the Wind is, well, gone with the wind because context doesn’t matter in this age of manufactured grief where banning has replaced debating.

Theatre president Brett Batterson said in a statement:

“... 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.”

If his view that education and enlightenment means self-censorship emerges as a new trend at the multiplex, what other culturally insensitive films will be cut from the playlist?

Watch as I run through a short list of classic movies that might now be considered racially insensitive, and let the eradication of potentially offensive movies commence.

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commented 2017-09-05 01:18:04 -0400
James Stallone the left gets offended all the damn time , you are saying that to the wrong people.
commented 2017-09-05 01:17:18 -0400
James you stunned goof , i am pointing out that the left censors more than the right despite your moronic claims otherwise dipshit. Now maybe try and comprehend yourself idiot.
commented 2017-09-04 11:31:11 -0400
Sadly what get’s lost is Clark Gable took a personal stand against racism and walked off the set when he had heard complaints from the blacks that they were told to use separate bathrooms. Doesn’t seem right to punish a guy like that in a movie that exposed the folly of Southern Pride.
commented 2017-09-04 03:18:38 -0400
James yeah sure then explain the left having a meltdown over comedy and movies and comics. LMAO! And who was it who attacked heavy metal and video games? Oh yeah they each had the last name GORE! Of course you are too blind to see reality. Now go support your censoring peers, they are so not repressed LMAO!
commented 2017-09-04 02:57:08 -0400
Hooo Boy!… And yet it’s OK for decades now to do re-runs of Hogan’s Heroes depicting all German army officers as “twits”?… No problem!… But playing that “I’m offended” game sooner or later must also perhaps lead to devout Christians questioning the “pro-gay” agenda which has been evident in Hollywood since the days of TV series like M.A.S.H.?.. Or is that line of questioning somehow illegitimate?… If “racially insensitive” is a valid argument for banning video stock, then why is not “religiously insensitive”?…
commented 2017-09-04 01:57:04 -0400
Stallone you wouldn’t know science if it slapped you in the face.
commented 2017-09-04 01:10:26 -0400
Jan G,

Actually scientifically and factually, that is exactly the case. Someone who is not uptight, puritanical or sexually repressed are open minded and don’t get offended at such things even if they personally are not interested in it.
commented 2017-09-03 23:45:41 -0400
James Stallone: You don’t have to be uptight, puritanical or sexually repressed to be turned off by poor taste and porn. MTV is a smut station designed to screw up little minds that watch it.
You didn’t have to admit you are a Liberal. That is obvious.
commented 2017-09-03 23:35:31 -0400
Jan G,

No, in that regard – you are just uptight, puritanical and probably sexually repressed, but beyond that – I do not agree with the censoring of movies and I say that as a liberal.
commented 2017-09-03 21:46:37 -0400
Lee Horsman,

And don’t forget all those height-challenged ones scurrying about. Definitely must ban that horrible movie immediately. (sarcasm)
commented 2017-09-03 19:16:32 -0400
We will have to ban The Wizard of Oz as soon as possible. That brainless Scarecrow character must be deeply offensive to the entire Liberal cabinet.
commented 2017-09-03 18:22:50 -0400
But these libs are in favour of MTV viewing programs about gay ‘Go Go’ dancers, turning their back to the camera to put on their (pardon the wording here) cock rings and condoms and then turning back to the camer while they adjust their scrotum, get up on stage and do their thing gyrating to music and invisible whatevers and getting bills shoved down their pants, then to be in the peaceful environment of his home sweet home with his old[er] lover.
It’s ok for kids to be watching this (though it was on late = I turned to this station by mistake, believe me and could not believe what was airing – in more ways than one!).
I guess ‘classics’ have been redefined to more normal realities.
commented 2017-09-03 17:05:57 -0400
I’m not surprised by the stupidity and virtue signalling of leftist SJWs. I don’t care about them, I simply ignore them. But what really makes me angry is weak-kneed, spineless, PC decision makers, like Brett Batterson, who cave in to these nincompoops. All the rest of us have to suffer because of HIS cowardice, not the stupidity of the SJWs. Everyone who cares about personal freedom, and preserving factual history so that we may learn from it, should put their money where their mouth is and boycott these movie theaters that come under Brett Batterson’s authority.
commented 2017-09-03 15:23:51 -0400
Fahrenheit 451 should be the first book burned to prevent opposition to the grand plan of the left.
commented 2017-09-03 14:48:10 -0400
Another thought.

In the 60’s a High School Shakespeare play we studied was ‘The Merchant of Venice’; my English class had two Jewesses in it. Beside the literary reasons to study the play, it also was a teachable moment about anti-Semiticism in particular and racism in general. The thought to ban the play was not considered, but the attitudes that lead to anti-Semiticism were.

Of course, the play is now banned from schools so such a discussion will not happen in today’s classrooms. Students are too protected from ideas to protect against ideas, because they have not been rationally exposed to ideas. Hence the rise of anti-Semiticism and racism in the current student generation.

But what do I know. I’m just an old mostly white guy with acquaintances that are Jewish, black, Indian, Metis, muslim, and even Laurentian elite; so clearly racist.
commented 2017-09-03 14:05:36 -0400
I predict that book banning or ‘Book Burning’ is coming soon to a neighborhood near you.
I can think of lots of books that these poor sensitive SJW’s will go after very soon.
One can bet that the book ‘Gone With the Wind’ is probably going to be the first book following the banning of the movie, all of the classics will follow, books like ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, etc, etc.
The insanity will continue because people in the position to stop this either do nothing or they go along with it to try and further their own agendas and careers. This is so evident in all of the recent violence and demonstrations on university and college campuses, where heads of these institutions and so called professors and teachers either go along with the madness or in many cases encourage the insanity of these poor, fragile beings that have had their feelings so badly damaged and hurt by Free Speech and of course things in the past such as history. Our power seeking and hungry politicians are no better, in fact most of them are worse.
There are a few people that try to stand up and do or say the right things, but they too succumb to the brow beating they get after the fact and end up apologizing for whatever they did or said.
The recent story of the student that was too lazy to find a garbage container and so threw his ‘Banana’ peel into a nearby tree that then caused so much pain and anguish to the black student body, comes to mind. This ‘white’ guy did nothing other than to throw his ‘yellow’ banana peel into a tree and yet in the end he apologized for being insensitive and causing so much hurt?????
To say that our world is fast coming apart and going insane is putting it very mildly.
commented 2017-09-03 13:45:00 -0400
Banning Movies! How long before they start Burning Books? Soon the censorship will be in the hands of Sharia Courts and regulated by a Sharia controlled Police Force.

We are having our Canadian identity taken from us, the Globalist dose not want an educated population, only the Elite will live normal lives. Our Women will become nothing more than breeding stock, producing a brain dead Muslim every year until the are of no more use and then they will probably get stoned to death, a favorite Muslim Pastime. The working man will be a thing of the past, he charges to much for the work he dose, He will end up with a knife to his throat.

All of this horror is being created by Justin Trudeau and his Gang of idiots. Think about it and remember that tomorrow will be to late.

It is time for Canadians to get organized.
commented 2017-09-03 13:37:46 -0400
Anybody’s guess when are they going to ban the novel itself?? Margaret Mitchell would be rolling in her grave. I guess all the books by James Fenimore Cooper & Mark Twain would be burned soon. Fahrenheit 451 will become a reality in our life times.
There are dozens of other hollywood movies which are close to reality of the time hence would be deemed ‘offensive’, John Wayne’s ‘The Searchers’ & Lillian Gish’s ‘The Clansman’ to name a few.
I reckon the next on list would be Chevy Chase ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ for its depiction of real Chicago:
commented 2017-09-03 12:55:33 -0400
You can mock this censorship as libtardism or dismiss it as moonbattery, but the reality is it is insanity – if you define insanity as the death of reason. Obviously the defense given for such tyranny of virtue is that it needs to be done to cure the scourge of “racism” (AKA intolerance) The lack of reason in thinking intolerance is cured with more intolerance escapes low IQs and the clinically insane.

But this is a more pervasive insanity, this is a conditioned self actuated insanity – an indoctrinated insanity so intense it kills the self-awareness in its victims so completely they are unaware they are hypocritical parodies of the very thing they say they hate. The old soviet propagandists would stand in awe at what the dogmatic left has accomplished with Pavlovian conditioning of a formerly rational people, with mass media hypnotic propaganda.
commented 2017-09-03 12:37:35 -0400
“Gone with the Wind” is one of my all time favourite books. I’ve read it three times over my life and hopefully I’ll get to read it again. The movie doesn’t come close to the book, as I find is usually the case.
Once these appeasers have taken over every area of our lives, then they will be coming for personal treasures. The left have to destroy history because they don’t want others to see the humanity in it, because there is truth that is being told.
commented 2017-09-03 11:38:29 -0400
Given the commonality of critiques like this:
“If you can forgive the stereotypical depiction of slaves, and the general romanticizing of the antebellum South, the two main reasons to watch this film are Leigh and Gable…”
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
…the move to ban and censor history to match their indoctrinated narrative is not surprising given the left’s escalating insanity and delusion. Banning one of Hollywood’s biggest box office successes is surprising!
‘People’ like Theatre president Brett Batterson, are the true enemy of The People in choosing to appease the oppressors and bullies!

As for a ‘favorite movie’ to depict Islamic terrorism, I prefer David Zucker’s, “An American Carol” (the movie also kicks the crap out of Michael Moore all the way through it), to Arnie’s “True Lies”…(with the exception of Jamie Lee Curtis of course).

If they are able to ban GWTW, et al, I wonder how they’ll rationalize banning this other ‘controversial’ Gable movie, “Band of Angels” (Dir. Raoul Walsh, 1957).
At the 2:30 mark or so Gable’s character Hamish Bond commits a very manly act, beautifully, and for all the right reasons, that expresses how I feel, how mealy-mouthed, beta-male retards like that numb-nuts president of the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee ought to be dealt with, and with the alacrity that Gable’s character showed!

I don’t know how to fix feminazi-emasculated, girly-men and make them men again, but some men are going to have to stand up…
commented 2017-09-03 11:19:42 -0400
Don’t forget to include Steve Martin’s “The Jerk” in the potential banned list. Two quotes from the movie:

“Ah was raised a pore black chile…”

“Niggah! Why Ah’m a niggah!”

Of course the film is a satire mocking racism, but that should not prevent its being banned in today’s age.

Glad you started with “Holy Songs of the South Batman”; reminded me to buy a copy of The Disney version before it disappears. Only two copies available on Amazon, now only one copy.
commented 2017-09-03 10:53:03 -0400
Those who destroy their history are doomed to repeat it.
commented 2017-09-03 10:42:41 -0400
Sorry, I mean to type “quit” instead of “quite”.
commented 2017-09-03 10:41:21 -0400
If this means the only kind of movies we can watch are the ones with spectacular explosions and Tom Cruise jumping from the top of one tall building to another, I will quite watching movies altogether because I don’t consider those entertainment or realistic by any stretch of the imagination.
commented 2017-09-03 10:40:23 -0400
So no Huckleberry Finn ?
commented 2017-09-03 10:05:56 -0400
I guess our “Anti fascists” will have video burnings to expunge this period from history. Don’t learn from history. Eradicate it.