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U. Georgia Marching Band Will No Longer Play Signature ‘Gone With the Wind’ Song

U. Georgia Marching Band Will No Longer Play Signature ‘Gone With the Wind’ Song

“Though the tradition has been under discussion for months within the band, the current social climate has highlighted the urgency of addressing it”

This is the American left’s cultural revolution. Many traditions will be lost.

Campus Reform reports:

UGA marching band will no longer play ‘Gone With the Wind’ song

The University of Georgia’s marching band will no longer play its signature piece because it is featured in the 1939 film “Gone With the Wind,” which depicts many of the racial prejudices that were prevalent throughout the United States at that time.

Acting Director of Bands at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music Brett Bawcum released a statement Wednesday announcing that the UGA marching band will end performances of “Tara’s Theme,” which will be replaced with “Georgia On My Mind.”

The director references a 1971 decision to take “Dixie” out of the band’s name and remove the song from its repertoire at that time.

“Though the tradition has been under discussion for months within the band, the current social climate has highlighted the urgency of addressing it and made me conscious of the message that could be interpreted by delay,” Bawcum wrote. “I value tradition, but I value creating a welcoming environment once more.”

“Gone With the Wind,” a noted classic and the highest-grossing film of all time, was made a target of cancel culture last week when the new streaming service HBO Max announced it was pulling the movie from its platform.

“’Gone With The Wind’ is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society,” HBO Max wrote, NBC News reported. “These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible.”

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I wonder what the Alumni will say to that. Money has a louder voice than a “woke” acting director. I would not be surprised if the acting director was looking for a job soon.

“I value tradition, but I value creating a welcoming environment once more.”
So, you value a place of ‘higher learning’ that welcomes people who are too ignorant to properly contextualize a song from a movie? You’d be better off sticking with tradition, than with following this nuttery into the future.

It’s a damn great song!!!

Growing up in NYC I heard that song almost everyday during the opening, and on returns from commercials, of WOR-TV Channel 9’s “Million Dollar Movie.” The theme from “Gone With The Wind”(aka “Tara’s Theme”) was used over film of nighttime shots of famous New York City locales.

Before long, we will see the day when marching bands don’t perform any music because it would be considered insensitive to people who don’t want marching bands to perform any music.

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