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Le vent soufflant dans le sens qu’on sait, il était inévitable qu’on en vint à mettre en question Autant en emporte le vent (Gone With the Wind). C’est fait, comme nous l’explique en détails Tyler Durden, c’est-à-dire ZeroHedge.com, ce 27 août 2017. L’établissement historique Orpheum Theatre de Memphis, dans le Tennessee, a décidé de déprogrammer le film régulièrement classé parmi les plus grands films de l’histoire du cinéma de son programme de films classique Summer Movie Series pour l’été 2018. Gone with the wind est jugé “racialement insensible”, – raciste si vous voulez, – et ainsi Autant en emporte le vent emporté par un “vent divin” (kamikaze en japonais, désignant les avions-suicides de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale).

On voit donc que la révolution culturelle qu’un esprit moyennement ironique et notablement suspect a qualifiée de “postMaoderne” se poursuit aux USA à un très bon rythme, reculant avec une roborative hystérie les limites d’au-delà de l’entropie mentale. La terreur hystérique ou l’hystérie terrorisée régnant dans les esprits par conséquent, et singulièrement dans les élites culturelles et académiques un peu comme on le vit en Mai-68, tout esprit critique de soi-même se trouve guillotiné comme on vit faire en France dans les temps qualifiés de “La Terreur”.

Il faut apprécier et mesurer à sa juste valeur cette course à la surenchère parce qu’elle nous démontre l’extraordinaire faiblesse des psychologies qui se veulent les plus adeptes de la postmodernité devant les pressions de la postmodernité. A force de se chercher un ennemi intérieur et l’ayant imaginé enfermé à double tour entre l’antirussisme et l’antiracisme, la psychologie américaniste devrait très rapidement finir par déterminer que le seul ennemi intérieur qui lui reste possible, c’est elle-même, la psychologie américaniste, vis-à-vis d’elle-même.

... Et nous pourrons reprendre en chœur les phrases fameuses du démocrate-dictateur et libérateur raciste des negroes, Abraham Lincoln, que nous ne devrions cesser de répéter depuis 1838 où il les prononça : « A quel moment, donc, faut-il s’attendre à voir surgir le danger [pour l’Amérique]? Je réponds que, s’il doit nous atteindre un jour, il devra surgir de nous-mêmes. [...] Si la destruction devait un jour nous atteindre, nous devrions en être nous-mêmes les premiers et les ultimes artisans. En tant que nation d’hommes libres, nous devons éternellement survivre, ou mourir en nous suicidant » ... C’est en bonne voie, Abe ...

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Gone With The Wind Banned From Memphis Theater

When Vice News argued that perhaps Mt. Rushmore should be demolished, running a headline which declared without irony – “Let's Blow Up Mount Rushmore” (a headline subsequently scrubbed) – we suggested that the fanatical push to sanitize all historic monuments and public references to past political leaders perceived as 'tainted' or controversial "may have hit peak crazy here." Well, we were wrong - it appears the PC mob is now coming for the film industry.

The historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee has decided to censor “Gone With the Wind” from a line-up of movies it will show as part of its 2018 Summer Movie Series after dubbing it racially “insensitive”. The 1939 classic film, based on the book by Margaret Mitchell, is set on a plantation in the American South during the Civil War and Reconstruction era, and is widely considered by critics and historians to be among the greatest American movies of all time. It broke Academy Award records at the time, receiving eight Oscars including a Best Supporting Actress for Hattie McDaniel, who became the first African-American Academy Award-winner. It also remains the highest grossing film of all time (with ticket prices adjusted for inflation) - beating out even Star Wars.

Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre has included the movie as part of its annual local film festival featuring American classics for decades. But apparently this nearly 80-year old world renowned classic has been scrubbed for the first time based on some complaints the theater received after its last August 11 showing. “As an organization whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves’, the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population,” the theater’s board said in a statement.

The theater indicated that for the first time this year's screening “generated numerous comments” which led to the decision to drop it, adding that, “while title selections for the series are typically made in the spring of each year, the Orpheum has made this determination early in response to specific inquiries from patrons.” This will mark the first time in 34 years Gone With the Wind will not show. It appears that much of the negative feedback came via Orpheum Theatre's Facebook page with some comments decrying the film as “racist” and leveling the charge that it's a “tribute to white supremacy”.

Meanwhile Brett Batterson, the president of Orpheum Theatre Group, claimed in an interview that the decision was made before the tragic events of Charlottesville. “This is something that’s been questioned every year, but the social media storm this year really brought it home,” he said. “This is about the Orpheum wanting to be inclusive and welcoming to all of Memphis.”

Local media also referenced Memphis’ “64 percent African-American population” as making the film's inclusion in the festival “insensitive”. Yet, if as Batterson claims the removal of the film was primarily due to negative social media response, this means the Memphis population may not have actually had much of a say. And of course the next logical question is: where was the outcry of “racism” while the film was featured every year for 34 years, and sometimes multiple times a year?

This would further imply that just about every film industry institution from the Academy Awards to the American Film Institute to the People's Choice Awards to every critic that ever praised the movie is potentially a racist and paid tribute to white supremacy. But that is the absurd path we are headed down here: an American classic which goes back to the first part of the 20th century must be purged due to angry anonymous comments on social media. Orpheum's president admits he cowered before what he called a "social media storm" and opted for censorship.

Orpheum Theatre Group’s mission is stated as “utilizing the performing arts to entertain, educate, and enlighten.” But we wonder: if the very organizations claiming to safeguard and promote the arts are now purging classics like Gone With the Wind, are we now witnessing the start of a broader and vicious coming assault on art itself?

Tyler Durden

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