Legendary movie director Spike Lee advised “The View” Friday that movies akin to “Gone With the Wind” which have been criticized for his or her depictions of of African-People ought to stay accessible to the general public.
“Nicely, sarcastically, [Lee’s 2018 film] ‘BlacKkKlansman’ begins with one of many most well-known pictures of all cinema — the scene the place Scarlett O’Hara is strolling amongst the lifeless and wounded after the large battle in the Civil Struggle,” Lee stated.
“I believe that that ought to be seen,” Lee added. “I believe that some of the racist movies ever, D.W. Griffith’s ‘Delivery of a Nation’ ought to be seen. I present that movie in my class. I’m a tenured professor at NYU … I present ‘Delivery of a Nation.'”
Lee’s feedback got here days after streaming service HBO Max dropped “Gone with the Wind” earlier than indicating it could be returned to the service with further context surrounding its racial content material.
“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg just lately pushed again on HBO’s resolution, in addition to Paramount’s cancellation of the long-running actuality present “COPS.”
“Personally, I believe in the event you put issues in a historic context — as a result of in the event you begin pulling each movie … you are going to have to drag the entire blaxploitation motion pictures as a result of they are not depicting us the precise means,” stated Goldberg. “That is a really lengthy record of movies.”
“Should you put, earlier than you present the movie, ‘Hear, this was shot when issues had been completely different, and we do not, you know, we do not do that anymore,’ that is what — you need to put one thing in context,” she added. “And I suppose with ‘Cops,’ hear, in the event you steadiness the individuals you arrest — in the event you arrested everyone, in the event you make it widespread, white individuals, yellow individuals, brown individuals, if everyone’s getting arrested, you possibly can have ‘Cops.’
“It simply feels prefer it’s a complete bunch of black individuals on a regular basis. I am simply saying.”
Goldberg does have a tenuous tie to “Gone with the Wind.” In 1991, she gained the Greatest Supporting Actress Oscar for her efficiency in “Ghost.” Goldberg was the second African-American girl to win an Academy Award for appearing. The primary, Hattie McDaniel, gained the identical prize 51 years earlier for her efficiency because the slave Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.”