All this debate over the Confederate flag has got NY Post film critic Lou Lumenick to thinking:
Here’s what he concludes:
But what does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the “GWTW’’ intermission?
Warner Bros. just stopped licensing another of pop culture’s most visible uses of the Confederate flag — toy replicas of the General Lee, an orange Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard’’ — as retailers like Amazon and Walmart have finally backed away from selling merchandise with that racist symbol.
That studio sent “Gone with the Wind’’ back into theaters for its 75th anniversary in partnership with its sister company Turner Classic Movies in 2014, but I have a feeling the movie’s days as a cash cow are numbered. It’s showing on July 4 at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the museum’s salute to the 100th anniversary of Technicolor — and maybe that’s where this much-loved but undeniably racist artifact really belongs.
Yep, that’s what we need. Because Americans love nothing more than being told what is and isn’t acceptable art.
No, he didn’t call for outright censorship. But he is suggesting that we as a society can’t handle a movie and therefore it should be relegated to a dusty room away from our sensitive eyes and ears.
And let him be clear:
But the thing is, Lou, you’re kind of on a slippery slope.
Of course, some people think Lumenick is really on to something here:
Others … well, not so much:
Well, one thing’s for sure:
Amen to that.