The 1939 film has long been considered controversial for its depiction of Black people and its positive view of slavery. Gone With the Wind, the Civil War epic considered a classic of American cinema, has been temporarily pulled from HBO Max.
"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," screenwriter John Ridley wrote in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
He added: "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."
"Gone With the Wind," when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color, writes John Ridley, Oscar-winning screenwriter of “12 Years A Slave,” for @latimesopinion. https://t.co/qgm8WiP0LB— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 8, 2020
The first black actress to win an Academy Award was Hattie McDaniel for her role in “Gone With The Wind.”— Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) June 10, 2020
The Left has now decided to ban the movie from streaming services to “cure racism”.
Is this not just Hitler’s book burning all over again? pic.twitter.com/uusP7jZ4Vq
Born today in 1893: Hattie McDaniel, the first black actress to win an Academy Award for her role in Gone With the Wind.— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) June 10, 2020
HBO removed her award-winning movie on what would have been her 127th birthday.
Erasing history is never good. But erasing the first performance by a black actor to win an Academy Award is unconscionable. https://t.co/3mVG24xMrz— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) June 10, 2020
HBO removing Gone With The Wind is just another part of the left’s sinister plot to erase American culture— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 10, 2020
Did you know—the first black American to win an Oscar was Hattie McDaniel for her role in Gone With The Wind
But the left doesn’t care.
They just want to see it all burn.
Is this real? First Gone With The Wind, now this?— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 10, 2020
STOP the censorship, you Orwellian statists! https://t.co/OXdWo24m4W
HBO has caved to the demands of the mob and removed ‘Gone With the Wind’ from its platform, in the process erasing the first black female Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel.https://t.co/lL56r7hZMH— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) June 10, 2020
Has anyone asked Olivia de Havilland what she thinks of Gone With the Wind getting banned?— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 10, 2020
She is still alive today at 103 and lives in Paris
HBO Max has removed "Gone With the Wind" from its catalog. The 1939 film's rose-tinted depiction of the antebellum South and its blindness to the horrors of slavery have long been criticized, and that scrutiny was renewed this week. https://t.co/dymAUnT0MN— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 10, 2020
An HBO Max spokesperson says "Gone With the Wind" will eventually return, but it will feature a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of its racist depictions https://t.co/V2pWZfH3Q7— Variety (@Variety) June 10, 2020