In recent days there has been talk (I don't know how serious and I'm too lazy/disinterested to find out) of banning the movie Gone With the Wind.
You know. Because racist.
Fiddle dee dee. I've got nearly every frame memorized. Racy it may be but racist it ain't.
Funny but it's the Hollyweird crowd -- the ones responsible for the movie being made in the first place -- who are the most demented liberals of all. Many if not most of these overpaid narcissists would likely be on board with ridding society of the film that many if not most culturally literate people consider the greatest motion picture ever made.
Given their marching orders by the Democrat Party, they'd clasp arms and sway in a circle singing Kumbaya -- provided they were sober enough to stand -- while every last copy of Gone With the Wind (the movie) in every known media format was thrown on the fascist-fueled fire along with D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.
Then they'd snort a few lines and start tossing inconvenient reading materials onto the pyre, maybe starting with The Hiding Place by the late Holocaust survivor (and Christian) Corrie Ten Boom -- a book which, along with others like it, was banned late last year from at least one school in -- wait for it -- California.
I own a collectors' copy of GWTW (the book), with the coveted First Edition dust jacket. I read Margaret Mitchell's only novel cover-to-cover when I was a teenager.
A few years back, I and my own daughters paid our respects at Margaret Mitchell's grave. If you're ever in downtown Atlanta, you can visit her too. She's in Historic Oakland Cemetery.
In addition, I've read the definitive biography of the author: Southern Daughter. If you want to understand the fascinating "smart set" of the interwar South -- as the book's cover observes, a class of people also gone with the wind -- this is the tome for you.
Thumbing through the book today just for kicks, I came across a Margaret Mitchell quote that made me laugh out loud.
On this Independence Day as so much of the only America I've ever known hangs in the balance, I wanted to share with you what the brilliant "Peggy" Mitchell thought of the motion picture industry, a smart set that she was convinced would have no interest in making her book into a film:
My innocent chickadees, do not lull yourseles into any sense of false security or think that you will emerge from any slight contact with the movies with all your sanity still with you ... as you know, I was in the trenches for four years, from Fort Sumter to Appomattox, fighting them off every day. They are very fine and charming people, but it is my belief that they originated on the planet Mars where atmospheric conditions are different and customs strange to us. They are attractive and incredible, and with no trouble at all, can drive normal people to frenzies.
As for the rest of the problems that beset us not just in the American South, but in its North, West, and East as well, and to quote Scarlett O'Hara herself:
I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.
Happy Saturday ~ Happy Fourth of July ~ God Bless America