MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Tennessee theatre has cancelled a long-running screening of “Gone With the Wind” because of racially insensitive content in the classic 1939 film.
Officials at Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre have announced that the film will not be shown during its summer movie series in 2018. Theater president Brett Batterson says in a statement that “the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population.”
The film was shown at the Orpheum on Aug. 11. This is the 34th straight year it has screened at the theatre.
“Gone With the Wind” tells the story of the daughter of a Georgia plantation owner during and after the Civil War.
Batterson tells the Memphis Commercial Appeal a “social media storm” played a role in the decision.