HBO Max pulled the Oscar-winning Civil Conflict epic “Gone With the Wind” from its library amid heightened racial tensions following the dying of George Floyd.
ScreenRant and The Wall Road Journal have been the primary to report that the newly-launched streaming service yanked the 1939 movie, which takes place at an Atlanta plantation. Critics within the trendy period have criticized “Gone With the Wind” for its depiction of black individuals.
The movie received eight Oscars together with Greatest Image and made historical past when Hattie McDaniel grew to become the primary black American to win an Oscar for her efficiency.
The choice to tug “Gone With the Wind” from the streaming service sparked some backlash on social media.
“So when are we getting collectively to burn copies of To Kill A Mockingbird?” conservative commentator AG Hamilton requested.
“Hattie McDaniel was the primary African American actor to win an Oscar for her position in Gone With The Wind. It’s additionally her birthday tomorrow. Solution to erase a historic black achievement within the identify of social justice,” Every day Caller’s Greg Worth reacted.
“It actually is important to purchase laborious copies of issues… Quickly the whole lot digital might be modified past recognition or canceled altogether,” Washington Free Beacon government editor Brent Scher warned.
“That is idiotic. We should always study from the previous, not fake it by no means existed,” The Hollywood Reporter’s awards columnist Scott Feinberg tweeted.
A spokesperson for HBO Max defined its choice and its plans to place the movie again on the platform however with added “historic context.”
“‘Gone With the Wind’ is a product of its time and depicts among the ethnic and racial prejudices which have, sadly, been commonplace in American society,” the assertion mentioned. “These racist depictions have been unsuitable then and are unsuitable at the moment, and we felt that to maintain this title up with out an evidence and a denouncement of these depictions can be irresponsible.”
The spokesperson continued, “These depictions are actually counter to WanerMedia’s values, so once we return the movie to HBO Max, it is going to return with a dialogue of its historic context and a denouncement of these very depictions however might be introduced because it was initially created as a result of to do in any other case can be the identical as claiming these prejudices by no means existed. If we’re to create a extra simply, equitable, and inclusive future, we should first acknowledge and underhand our historical past.
On Monday, “12 Years a Slave” Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley wrote an op-ed within the Los Angeles Instances calling on HBO Max to take away “Gone With the Wind” from its platform.
“It’s a movie that, when it’s not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses solely to perpetuate among the most painful stereotypes of individuals of colour,” Ridley argued.
This comes as Paramount Tv introduced that it had canceled the long-running TV collection “Cops” 4 days after the community pulled it from its schedule.
HBO Max additionally raised eyebrows when it was introduced that “Looney Tunes” characters like Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam won’t have any weapons within the streaming service reboot.