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"Retire this racist relic," argues New York Post movie critic Lou Lumenick in a column that is now sparking a national uproar:
INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent said to radio talk show host and movie critic Michael Medved, “It is demeaning to blacks. He's saying this movie belongs in a museum.”
Medved said, “It is great work of art, and to say you're not allowed to look at it seems to be very wrongheaded. He said that even with its romanticized and inaccurate view of the old South and slavery, it should not be confined to the dustbin of history.
“There's no question that Gone With the Wind has lots of racist content, that it distorts some of the history, but it is the top-grossing movie of all time,” he said.
Gone With the Wind fans are also speaking out. “Give me a break! That movie is a classic,” said one online comment.
“I am a 26-year-old black woman. I love this movie,” said another.
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Medved said, “Everyone who is interested in cinema history has to see the movie. Do I think that everyone should see it to understand what it means to be an American? No.”
The controversy comes as the widow and two young daughters of Rev. Clementa Pinckney led thousands of mourners, who packed the College of Charleston arena for his funeral on Friday.
Rev. Pinckney was among the nine victims in the racially motivated attack that has shocked the nation.
President Obama -- accompanied by the first lady -- delivered a moving eulogy: “To the families of the fallen, the nation shares in your grief. Our pain cuts much deeper because it happened in a church.”
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