Mickey Rooney

Historical art or racist propaganda? How should Hollywood handle problematic classics like 'Gone With the Wind'?

Historical art or racist propaganda? How should Hollywood handle problematic classics like 'Gone With the Wind'?

On the same night that white supremacist groups marched with torches and Nazi chants on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in preparation for the next day’s Unite the Right rally, the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tenn., screened “Gone With the Wind” as part of its annual summer classics series.

Two weeks later, after receiving many online complaints from those who took issue with the picture’s romanticized view of slavery, theater officials announced that it would no longer be part of that series.

This sparked another round of complaints — with its 10 Oscars, including the first one for a black actress (Hattie McDaniel), many argued that “Gone...

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