One of Hollywood’s cult ‘Gone With The Wind’ which launched in 1939, has been pulled down by HBO Max from its library briefly amid racial protest.
The movie, which relies on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 by the same identity, has long been a degree of debate for its depiction of Black individuals and its constructive view of slavery.
A number of days earlier, the movie once more got here below scrutiny when ’12 Years A Slave’ screenwriter John Ridley wrote an op-ed appeared for Los Angeles Times.
The article titled ‘Hey, HBO, ‘Gone With the Wind’ romanticizes the horrors of slavery. Take it off your platform for now’, the Oscar winner argued that the movie had its “own unique problem”.
“It doesn’t just ‘fall short’ with regard to presentation. It is a film that glorifies the pre-fight south. It is a film that, when it is not ignoring the worst cases of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color,” Ridley wrote.
“Gone With The Wind is a film that, as part of the narrative of the ‘Lost Cause’, glamorizes the Confederacy in a way that continues to give rightfulness to the notion that the secessionist movement was something more, or better, or nobler than what it was ‘a bloody insurrection to maintain the ‘right’ to own, sell and buy human beings,” he added.
Meanwhile, HBO Max, a not too way back launched streaming service from WarnerMedia, acknowledged the film will lastly return nonetheless will perform as a “dialogue of its historic context and a denouncement” of its racist depictions.
“‘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. These racist depictions have been improper then and are improper right now, and we felt that to maintain this title up with out a piece of evidence and a denouncement of these depictions can be irresponsible.
“These depictions are definitely counter to WarnerMedia’s values, so after we return the movie to HBO Max, it should return with a dialogue of its historic context and a denouncement of these very depictions, however, will probably be introduced because it was initially created as a result of to do in any other case could be the identical as claiming these prejudices by no means existed. If we’re to create an extra simply, equitable, and inclusive future, we should first acknowledge and perceive our historical past,” a spokesperson for HBO Max stated.
The movie “Gone With The Wind” starred Hollywood icons, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, in lead roles. The movie was set within the American South, on a plantation exterior Atlanta and narrated the love story of southern aristocrats Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Gable).
The 4 hour-long movie, directed by Victor Fleming, additionally starred Hattie McDaniel and Olivia de Havilland. ‘Gone With the Wind’ finally received eight Oscars on the 12th Academy Awards, together with the greatest picture, director, adapted screenplay, actress and supporting actress for McDaniel.
McDaniel, who performed house servant Mammy on the O’Haras, grew to become the first black individual to win the award however as a consequence of racial segregation on the ceremony, she sat separately from her co-stars, at a table behind the room.
The transfer made by HBO Max is among the number of measures media corporations are taking amid racial tension on the street of America. Media corporations are reportedly reassessing content material within the wake of protests over police brutality and systemic racism after the demise of George Floyd, an African American man killed by Minnesota police a couple of weeks ago.