In the wake of nationwide protests over the demise of George Floyd, HBO Max eliminated the classic-yet-extremely-antiquated Gone With the Wind from its streaming platform on Tuesday night time. But as the firm clarified as we speak, the transfer is barely non permanent, and the movie will return to the service at a later date with new materials that frames its racist and stereotypical content material in a historic context.
“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 stated in a press release. “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. These depictions are certainly counter to WarnerMedia’s values.”
The resolution by HBO Max to take down the film got here after 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley, wrote a column in the Los Angeles Times calling for its removing titled, “Hey, HBO, Gone With the Wind romanticizes the horrors of slavery. Take it off your platform for now.”
“Gone With the Wind, however, is its own unique problem. It doesn’t just ‘fall short’ with regard to representation. It is a film that glorifies the antebellum south. It is a film that, when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color,” he wrote.
However, Ridley didn’t name for the movie to be completely eliminated. “Let me be real clear: I don’t believe in censorship,” he wrote. “I don’t think Gone With the Wind should be relegated to a vault in Burbank. I would just ask, after a respectful amount of time has passed, that the film be re-introduced to the HBO Max platform.” He steered that it needs to be paired with movies that depict the slave period extra precisely, or “be placed in context that acknowledging the damaging aspects of the movie.”
That’s precisely what HBO Max plans to do. “When we return the film to HBO Max, it will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions, but will be presented as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed,” the firm stated in a press release. “If we are to create a more just, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history.”
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picture:British actress Vivien Leigh with Butterfly McQueen in a scene from the American civil struggle epic ‘Gone With the Wind’. (Photo by way of John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)