"Gone With the Wind" pulled from HBO Max library for now


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Via:  john-russell  •  one month ago  •  18 comments

By:   Zach Seemayer (CBSNewsEnt)

"Gone With the Wind" pulled from HBO Max library for now
Network says classic will return as streaming option with additional content putting its historical depictions of South and slavery in context.

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By Zach Seemayer

June 10, 2020 / 7:33 AM / ET Online

HBO Max removes "Gone with the Wind"

"Gone With the Wind" is generating controversy once again. The once-acclaimed 1939 Civil War drama has been temporarily pulled by HBO Max from its slate of streaming options amid outcries over the film's dated depictions of slavery and racism, according to multiplereports.

Just two weeks after launching, HBO Max has reportedly decided to reevaluate its streaming content, a move that comes amid nationwide protests over systemic racism in American society.

The film -- which has long been revered by film critics and is the highest grossing movie of all time when adjusting box office totals for inflation -- was recently decried in a high-profile op-ed in the Los Angeles Times penned by "12 Years a Slave" screenwriter John Ridley.

Ridley called on HBO Max to pull the film -- which tells the story of a tumultuous love affair between two wealthy Southern aristocrats and is set against the backdrop of the end of the Civil War and the destruction of the Confederacy. Ridley argued that the movie "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," Ridley wrote. "It is a film that, as part of the narrative of the 'Lost Cause,' romanticizes the Confederacy in a way that continues to give legitimacy to the notion that the secessionist movement was something more, or better, or more noble than what it was -- a bloody insurrection to maintain the 'right' to own, sell and buy human beings."

However, a spokesperson for HBO Max explained that the film would eventually return to their streaming catalog, along with additional content that would contextualize the controversial historical depictions and elements of the story.

"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," the spokesperson said in a statement released to "Deadline."

"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," the statement continued. "If we are to create a more just, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history."

-- This article first appeared in ET Online.


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1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

While I can understand why some think Gone With The Wind glorifies plantation life and negatively stereotypes blacks, I never really felt that way about it. 

I havent read the book but I have seen the movie a few times, and I think , generally, it shows the southern plantation owners as frivolous self absorbed people who were made to pay the price of the destruction of their way of life. The slaves in the film are house slaves who , although subservient, usually show more wisdom and humanity than their owners. 

IMO the movie Gone With The Wind shows the plantation way of life in that era as a failure. 

But maybe I am reading something into it that wasnt there. 

I think the novel, from what I've heard, is more offensive. 

Trout Giggles
1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

I've read the book and I agree with your assessment. I've also seen the movie about a hundred times.

I've always thought that "Wind" was a metaphor for the war. The war came and then it was all gone. Some were able to get back on their feet but they did it through exploitation of poor black and white people.

But the book especially portrays the wisdom of Mammy better than the movie does.

Greg Jones
2  Greg Jones    one month ago

I think the novel, from what I've heard, is more offensive. 

Well, we just can't have anything that some might find offensive, so if that's the case...the book should be banned and burned, and the movie never shown again

2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Greg Jones @2    one month ago

The book has been around for 84 years, and the movie for 81. There has hardly been a rush to judgement. 

3  Kathleen    one month ago

I was wondering when they were going to do something like that. 

It's a classic. Probably my favorite when it comes to soap operas.  The part I hated was when she was beating that sick horse. 

She was a bitch, that's for sure. 

Sean Treacy
4  Sean Treacy    one month ago

Book burnings next. 

I was just watching field of dreams the other night and watching the “liberal” wife give an impassioned speech against banning  an offensive book and it drove home how times have changed. The 80s progressive stood up for free speech, in 2020, they shut down And ban anything think doesn’t support their ideology.

It Is ME
5  It Is ME    one month ago

Pretty soon ….. the "Black Crayon" will be removed from the Crayola Crayon Box. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

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Just Jim NC TttH
5.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  It Is ME @5    one month ago


Buzz of the Orient
6  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

"Those who cannot remember the  past are condemned  to repeat it."   (George Santayana)

Burn the books, burn the movies.   Let's start with "To Kill a Mockingbird" because a black man gets lynched, and for sure "The Jolson Story" because it uses blackface, and "Gone With the Wind" should be gone with the wind - surely there are hundreds of movies that tender eyes must not see. 


However, Farenheit 451 should be required viewing.


And don't forget to tear down all the statues.  I don't know if it was fake news, but I read somewhere that Trump wanted to tear down the Statue of Liberty because it encouraged immigration.

We want the next generation to be zombies who study only the RIGHT history.  God forbid they should discover that Americans actually ENSLAVED black people.

Paula Bartholomew
6.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6    4 weeks ago

because a black man gets lynched

Was that in the book because it was not in the movie.  In the movie, the man was shot trying to run away after being convicted.

Buzz of the Orient
6.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6.2    4 weeks ago

You're right, he wasn't lynched, he was shot when supposedly running away, as explained to Atticus, "like a crazy man".  That being so, I would still assume a deputy released him in order to produce him to the vigilantes to be victimized.  I never read Harper Lee's novel. 

Buzz of the Orient
7  Buzz of the Orient    4 weeks ago

There are those who would prefer that we all remain ignorant.  I recently read a news story reporting that a black woman celebrity called for the total banning (book burning) of Gone With the Wind, NOTWITHSTANDING the fact that the Oscar award to Hattie McDaniel was one of the most important Oscar awards in the whole history of the Academy Awards and a milestone not only for motion pictures but also for civil rights and the fight for equality.  Idiots who cannot see that are blind and deserve to be put in the back seat, and never a driver. 

Paula Bartholomew
7.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7    4 weeks ago

The only thing I had a problem with in the movie was George Reeves (Superman) with orange hair.

Buzz of the Orient
7.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @7.1    4 weeks ago

I can understand any intelligent person having an aversion to "orange hair".   LOL

Paula Bartholomew
7.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.1    4 weeks ago

There were actually two of them.  They were supposed to be twin brothers.

8  loki12    4 weeks ago

I am so sick of the abject stupidity of it all,

History doesn't give a shit if you like or hate it.

History has one purpose, that is to teach you a lesson.

If the lesson it is trying to tech you offends you, GOOD!

Maybe if you learn it's lesson you won't be stupid enough to repeat it.

But the main thing is, history isn't yours to erase of remove, it belongs to all of us, and is there to teach all of us.

Buzz of the Orient
8.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  loki12 @8    4 weeks ago

I'll buy that.  IMO it's not just those, as Santayana says, who ignore history that are bound to repeat it, it's those who want to BURY it who want to remain ignorant of it. 


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