Hallmark Telling Customers Gone with the Wind Ornaments are History

Gone with the Wind OrnamentReports are swirling on social media that Hallmark is telling customers their famed Christmas ornaments themed after the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind are no longer available.

Recent civil unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has elevated the charges of racism and “white privilege” in American culture.

As a response, companies all over America are posting racism policies and quickly distancing themselves from anything that might be construed as racist. Aunt Jemima is suddenly being retired after being in business on syrup bottles and boxes of pancake mix since 1889. Uncle Ben’s Rice is “evolving the brand”. And HBO removed Gone with the Wind over its depictions of “ethnic and racial prejudices.”

All of a sudden, after decades of enjoying “one of the greatest of all time films” acclaim, anything having to do with Gone with the Wind is poison. Snowflakes nationwide are suddenly triggered by what has been right in front of their face this whole time. Here’s a good example of their shock and outrage.

To be fair, other streaming services have kept Gone with the Wind available and the buying public has recently made Gone with the Wind a popular buy on Amazon streaming.

Popular movies of all types are frequently used to market Christmas collectibles in the form of ornaments. Christmas enthusiasts are famous for theming home decorations and Christmas trees under all manner of topics, from foods to music to, yes, movies.

So for Christmas collectible fans, far removed from the racial debates, the sudden unavailability of a collectible line that has been around for years is a bit much to handle.

On the one hand, all the grey market sources for these ornaments are going to clean up. Secondary markets such as eBay and Amazon for used for excess inventory sales are sure to enjoy healthy price increases. On the other, honest fans who spend years building up a collection at considerable cost the sudden change is aggravating.

One member of a Hallmark collectibles group on Facebook was just outraged when Hallmark would give no explanation when he called to order. “She just said it’s no longer available,” the poster commented. “Not it’s temporarily out of stock. She made it sound like Hallmark would not be bringing it back”. Several other posters claimed similar conversations with Hallmark.

Another poster commented that if Hallmark made a “mammy” ornament available she would gladly purchase it. That comment quickly resulted in the now-common retort that the poster’s “white privilege” needed to be checked.

Hallmark has not responded to our requests for further information.

Given the current trend in marketing it will not be a shock if Hallmark causes its Gone with the Wind products to go the way of Disney’s Song of the South.

The irony in that is that Hallmark has fallen under some criticism lately for not having enough people of color in their famous made-for-TV formulaic Christmas movies.

Clearly Hallmark has a problem and they know it.

Editor’s Note: A few hours after we posted this a kind reader on Twitter shared this screen shot from their seach at Hallmark for Gone with the Wind products:

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20 thoughts on “Hallmark Telling Customers Gone with the Wind Ornaments are History

  • July 12, 2020 at 8:05 am
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    In am sick of corporate America catering to an organization that is promoting hate and violence and the founder is a Marxist. It’s a shame that hallmark is caving in to radical group. How many people in this organization purchase products and watch hallmark as I have done for years. Hallmark now supports a hate group and does not CARE about the loyal customers and fan base that it has had for years.

  • July 22, 2020 at 9:18 am
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    No Gone With the Wind ornament for 2020? Never mind all the politics behind the decision. It was a annual Christmas tradition that I buy a GWTW ornament for my Mom (it’s her favorite movie of all time). Every year I go to Hallmark looking for the newest GWTW ornament and end up buying 6 or more other ornaments! Looks like I won’t be spending ANY MONEY at Hallmark at Christmas time this year. Hope more people feel the same! Thank you Hallmark for ruining my family tradition.

  • August 1, 2020 at 8:17 am
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    A few years ago I started buying my mom these to keep up with her collection. For years she thought they no longer were making new ones, till I found out differently and caught her up, I then started buying them every year for her birthday (it’s in august) well I was shocked to see they won’t be having them this year, told my mom this when I originally saw the article she was sadden to hear that they won’t have them this year.

  • August 4, 2020 at 6:26 pm
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    The screen shot is mine I did that the morning I found out they had pulled the ornaments for Scarlett OnLine .. The screen shot is from Scarlett OnLine Facebook page … Dee

  • August 26, 2020 at 11:19 am
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    I was so disappointed by the cancellation of the 2020 GWTW Keepsake Ornament, I wrote Hallmark corporate HQ (on Hallmark stationery) to let them know I’m discontinuing purchasing not only Hallmark Keepsake ornaments, but I’m no longer buying merchandise in their stores or online. I am a Gold Crown Platinum member, so I had to ceremoniously cut-up my purple card that I’ve proudly presented for decades. I will not pay for a Hallmark movie channel. I’ve thrown away all my coupons. In short, I am cancelling Hallmark because they have cancelled us loyal Hallmark customers. Unfortunately, all of the rhetoric will “go away” after the election cycle, and Hallmark will lose many of its customers. I will not buy Hallmark ornaments on eBay or any other sight. I have decided to keep my collection, preserve it and display each holiday season. They bring great joy to my family each year, but most good things must come to an end. Hallmark, they will come after other products of yours and you’ll end up with one candy cane ornament to offer, unless for some reason candy canes become offensive. Happy Holidays Hallmark, and good luck trying to keep up with all the rhetoric.

  • September 13, 2020 at 4:35 pm
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    I am sick and tired of this, racism is being attached to everything. I have every one of the Gone With the Wind ornaments so I guess I will not be adding anymore Hallmark anything. Boooo Hallmark for taking the knee on something so ridiculous. All you have done is drive the price up on the few ornaments that did manage to get sold, shame on you Hallmark.

  • September 17, 2020 at 8:24 pm
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    It seems like every thing has been taken from us this year. Now this, I have bought my daughter a GWTW ornament every year since she saw the movie, she is now 50. What’s next? I also buy her a Grinch ornament. He’s GREEN!!!!!!! Pretty soon our faces will not have a nose or eyes so we don’t show any kind of emotions.

  • September 25, 2020 at 8:22 pm
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    I don’t understand why more people aren’t complaining about the gone with the wind ornament being pulled someone got them because their selling the on ebay Hallmark won’t sell them It’s just a movie

  • October 2, 2020 at 3:38 pm
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    I agree with be all the comments above because it’s just a crock of bologna. I have all the ornaments from GWTW and this is soooooo stupid. GWTW is a classic love story with the Civil War as the background. You cannot erase history but learn from. I’m tired of all the cry babies. AND why are these cancelled ornaments on eBay for $500??? Some people got them.

  • October 5, 2020 at 1:39 pm
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    This is absolutely ridiculous! Do NORMAL AMERICANS have a rights or say any more? This ornament is my favorite gift every year. I have been a loyal Hallmark customer for 40 years. I have every GWTW ornament, I baught my children and now my grandchildren their ornaments every year I have 6 the oldest is 11. However I find it hard to support a company has choosen to support a movement that promotes violence, (killing of police) hatred and the decinergrtion of common decency. As a result or you decision I will control what I can on my end and say goodbye to any products made by Hallmark.

  • October 6, 2020 at 10:40 pm
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    This really upsets me that Hallmark is taking away something that so many of us loved! I have every ornament from the GWTW collection except the 2020. I looked for it and found it with ridiculous prices….it’s just one that I will not have. This will mean the end of buying anything with the Hallmark name on it! I think everyone should boycott Hallmark for doing something so idiotic! I’m so tired of all this BS that has something to do with things that nobody alive today was alive to see! There was no harsh mistreatment of slaves in GWTW. Prissy was threatened for telling Scarlett that she knew about birthing babies, that was it! I hope someone with some brains will reconsider the damage they are doing to the Hallmark brand…..many, many, many, lost sales!

  • October 7, 2020 at 8:32 am
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    Do you know what I find absolutely frustrating about this whole thing because I am a HUGE GWTW fan…………..They are trying to censor this movie (along with so many other things) because it depicts racism and slavery in their eyes. Yet if they look at the BIG picture – all facets of the movie – it’s really just a romantic drama set in the old South but more importantly, Hattie McDaniel (Mammy) was the first African American woman to receive an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as her role as Mammy in 1936 for GWTW. That’s an amazing accomplishment and should be celebrated especially for that time. This movie shouldn’t be banished as a shameful blemish against ethnic equality.

  • October 9, 2020 at 1:02 pm
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    I I too found out today that Hallmark discontinued the gone with the win ornament for 2020. It is absolutely yes. I have been collecting gone with the wind memorabilia for 35 years. Gone with the wind has been my favorite movie Since I was 15 years old and I’m 50 years old now. Hallmark will no longer get any of my money. And I think there are a lot more people out there who feel the same way I do. Shame on you Hallmark.

  • October 12, 2020 at 8:36 am
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    I have purchased every Gone with the Wind ornament that Hallmark has released. I am very disappointed in your decision to discontinue. I always put up multiple Christmas trees each year decorated with Hallmark ornaments. Each tree has a different theme including Disney, Peanuts, and Gone with the Wind. This year I will not be adding to my collections due to the discontinuation of Gone with the Wind. I am disappointed in your decision to no longer recognize this movie and its history.

  • October 12, 2020 at 3:57 pm
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    Count me in as upset by this. I, too, am a platinum card holder who’s collecting dollars were not important to Hallmark.

  • October 12, 2020 at 10:29 pm
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    This is absolutely sad that you listen to thus radical movement and not the majority. Bring back the ornament!

  • October 14, 2020 at 8:40 am
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    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH ALL THE ABOVE . I am so disappointed with all of this. It’s totally rediculous. We are the ones that do not have any rights anymore. Hallmark has changed so much on the movies, & very disappointing. Between racist & gay, i am very disappointed with hallmark. I really only watched the hallmark channels, because of the terrible shows & news on the other channels. I enjoyed it. Now don’t have anything to watch anymore. Especially the gay in your movie. That just topped it! I bought my friend a GWTW every year for for 30 years. Now if I want this one, I found one on eBay for $999.99. Tell me why that is!!!!!

  • October 16, 2020 at 8:41 am
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    It is a crying shame that they would cave in to such a violent hate group – BLM and ANTIFA are a disgrace to our country – I don’t understand how such a reputable organization could stoop so low! It only makes hate and racism worse!!!!! That is what I feel – so they are not accomplishing anything except more hate and racism!!

  • October 20, 2020 at 7:43 am
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    I too have all the GWTW ornaments and am so saddened that this has happened. My daughter always gets me the new ornament for Christmas, its been a tradition for years. Shame on you Hallmark for ruining family traditions! This is so ridiculous! Its a love story!

  • October 20, 2020 at 10:44 am
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    What a shame. My mom also has been collecting these every year and was devastated to find out that they were not being sold anymore. Ever since she was young growing up in the 50’s and 60’s she loved it after being introduced to it from her mom. Absolutely disgraceful from hallmark.

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