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Real Gone

Last week, the Orpheum Theatre ended a 34-year tradition of screening the Civil War epic Gone with the Wind for reasons related to paternalistic race narratives and the glorification of a Southern rebellion to preserve and expand the institution of human chattel slavery.

Hell broke loose on the internet. Here's the essence of the response boiled down to a few choice Tweets like ...

"Asian sportscaster named Robert Lee yanked from broadcast and theaters canceling Gone with the Wind...far more stupidity to come."

There was a lot more stupidity to come. Like ... (warning: grammar mistakes ahead)

"NOW there's a prob with Gone with the Wind?...I guess To Kill a Mockingbird is next..."

And...

"Why are they taking gone with the wind movie,what about the movie color purple,slavery and rape.?"

Nazi references happened ...

"First they came for GONE WITH THE WIND and I said nothing...

And, as is often the case in games of telephone, the story changed with each telling until ...

"Hollywood announced they are banning the movie Gone With The Wind. How about banning Hollywood? Hit their money pockets.I ordered it on line."

Winner

Memphis' annual theater awards — the Ostranders — are always a fashion parade. This year's most daring ensemble was worn by triple-threat diva Annie Freres. She was protesting the omission of the Tracy Letts' drama Killer Joe by adorning herself with fried chicken.

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For a better understanding of the metaphor Google "Killer Joe" and chicken. NSFW — or anywhere, really.

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