HBO Max removes Gone With The Wind from streaming service. White guilt by woke culture! Should 1939 classic movie be cancelled?
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Less than two weeks after launch, HBO Max removed Gone With the Wind from its streaming offering. This is after HBO Max made changes to the Elmer Fudd cartoon character and takes his guns away in new Looney Tunes cartoons and Friends Creator apologizes for the show’s lack of diversity. This is the cancel culture winning again because the film’s popularity and achieved the status as the highest-grossing movie of all time when box office numbers are adjusted for inflation.
From an HBO Max spokesperson:
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. 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, so 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. If we are to create a more just, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history.
On Monday, Academy Award winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) called for the film’s removal from HBO Max, saying “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.”
Gone With the Wind won 8 competitive Oscars, including the first Oscar ever awarded to a black person. That statue went to Hattie McDaniel for her role as the ever-loyal house slave Mammie. It also was awarded Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actress in a Leading Role; Best Writing, Screenplay; Best Cinematography, Color; Best Film Editing and Best Art Direction.
AFI ranked Gone With the Wind as the fourth best film ever made on its 100 Best Movies of All Time list.
The Gone With The Wind pulled news comes on the same day that Deadline confirmed Paramount Network had pulled Cops. The show was pulled last week in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. The series will not be coming back.