What began as a concentrated push to remove the Confederate flag flying at South Carolina’s Statehouse has escalated in recent days to become an increasing attack on anything related to the Civil War period. As radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted earlier this week, some activists are also calling for the American flag to be removed on the basis of its ostensibly oppressive symbolism.
The effort to whitewash America’s history has already made an appearance in the realm of film review – as evidenced by a recent New York Post editorial by Lou Lumenick.
Earlier this week, he penned an editorial with a headline that left no doubt about his position on a Hollywood classic.
“’Gone with the Wind’ should go the way of the Confederate flag,” the title stated. What followed was an article trashing the perceived racism of the 1939 film, leading to Lumenick’s conclusion that the work of art should be destroyed.
The record-shattering film still ranks as one of Hollywood’s greatest successes; however, Lumenick sees similarities to an even earlier film now widely considered to contain racist themes.
Lumenick wrote that Gone with the Wind shares traits with Birth of a Nation, “which was considered one of the greatest American movies as late as the 1960s, but is now rarely screened, even in museums.”
He derided the “subtle racism” he found in the later film, describing it as “in some ways more insidious” than blatant bigotry.
Pointing to the fact that Warner Bros., which owns the rights to Gone with the Wind, has recently curtailed licensing of products bearing the Confederate flag, Lumenick suggested the company do the same with this classic film.
“It’s showing on July 4 at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the museums salute to the 100th anniversary of Technicolor,” he concluded “—and maybe that’s where this much-loved but undeniably racist artifact really belongs.”
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