Last year, there was quite the pearl-clutching over the classic 1939 motion picture Gone With the Wind. The woke puritans demanded the film receive some type of censorship over its depiction of slavery, plantations, and the Mammy (played by the fabulous Oscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel). The industry caved to the digital mob, triggering broader discussions over the next film to be banned.
Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel in Gone With the Wind
Of course, it is safe to assume that most of the people calling for the film's deletion from cinematic history have probably only viewed clips on YouTube – if that. These folks are similar to the individuals who wanted to ban D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, despite not reading a single page.
But film buffs are not giving up without a fight.
Turner Classic Movies, the premier channel for showcasing old films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, has launched a new series, "Reframed Classics." It examines 18 culturally significant films from the 1920s to the 1960s to explore various topics, from transgenderism to racism to misogyny. Some of the titles on the list include Swing Time, Psycho, My Fair Lady, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
The purpose behind this venture is to push back against the modern trends of canceling or dismissing these movies because they showcase values or depict characters that offend today’s ultra-sensitive filmgoers. In other words, the network is appeasing the perpetually outraged...