The city’s Orpheum Theater has been showing the iconic movie annually at its film festival for 34 years. However, due to national and local protests and current racial unrest, it will no longer be permitted.
The protesters claim the film romanticizes slavery, and offends too many people today. Well, if that’s the theme, why stop there. Let’s ban Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Macbeth because both Julie and Mac had slaves.
Also, no more showing of films about Cleopatra, because she had all those Hebrews slaving on the pyramids at way below minimum wage. Don’t show Spartacus, where Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch) was a gladiator along with many African slaves fighting to the death in Rome.
And, of course, no films should be allowed featuring slave owners George Washington, Tom Jefferson and Andy Jackson. All this politically-correct fuss evokes, as Rhett Butler snarled at his slave-owning spouse, “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn!”