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“Gone With The Wind” BANNED From HBO Due To George Floyd!

The Hollywood classic movie “Gone With The Wind” was “temporarily” pulled from HBO Max due to the current racial tension in the United States. The decision was made two days after an op-ed written by John Ridley was published by the Los Angeles Times.

In the op-ed, Ridley pleaded with HBO Max to temporarily remove the movie from its platform as the George Floyd protests (riots) continue to happen. The “12 Years A Slave” screenplay author wrote that the movie could come back soon, but with a few caveats.

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Although “Gone With The Wind” is a bonafide Hollywood classic and the highest-grossing movie of all time (once adjusted for inflation) there are some people who find it offensive. As Ridley stated in his LA Times piece, the fictional movie represents the Antebellum South, slavery, and the Confederacy in a “positive” way. Which, in his opinion, is unrealistic and should not go unchallenged.

Self-Aggrandizement Or Racial Justice?

John Ridley says he doesn’t want “Gone With the Wind” to get pushed into a
“shoebox in Burbank” but he does want viewers to have a “proper” context. A Washington Post article reports that when the movie comes back, a black academic will say a few words before it rolls. Maybe even during the movie.

Another suggestion laid out in Ridley’s op-ed was the addition of other movies in HBO Max’s library that have a “better” and more “accurate” representation of slavery. It’s not clear if “12 Years A Slave”, Ridley’s claim to fame, is currently on HBO Max. But what is clear is that there aren’t many people in Hollywood who would say that movie is inaccurate or bad representation. Although that argument most certainly could be made.

Tarnishing Hattie McDaniel’s Legacy

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Attacking “Gone With the Wind” at this time could simply be spiteful and less to do with attempting to provide context to fictional movies from 80 years ago. During an interview with Don Lemon, John Ridley spoke about Hattie McDaniel’s character “Mammie” the maid. He spoke down on not only that character but other maid characters that McDaniel played in her career.

Ridley’s op-ed came out on June 8th. The announcement to remove “Gone With The Wind” from HBO Max came out on June 10th. June 10th just happened to be Hattie McDaniel’s birthday. She was June 10th, 1893 to two former slaves. She was also the first black person, male or female, to win an Oscar award. And she won the award, Best Supporting Actress, for her role in “Gone With the Wind”

Nothing that John Ridley can do will weaken the popularity of “Gone With the Wind”. As soon as HBOX Max made their “temporary removal” announcement, the book “Gone With The Wind” became a top best-seller on Amazon. Both the book and movie are loved by audiences all over the world. John Ridley’s hatred, jealousy, self-aggrandizement, self-promotion, or anything else cannot change that fact.

SOURCES:

HBO Max Removes ‘Gone With the Wind’ | Hollywood Reporter

Why HBO Max should hit pause on ‘Gone With the Wind’ – Los Angeles Times

‘Gone With the Wind’ will probably be back on HBO Max next week, with an African American scholar at the front of it – The Washington Post

Oscar-winner explains concerns over ‘Gone With The Wind’ – YouTube

Whoopi, Megyn Kelly react: HBO Max pulls ‘Gone with the Wind’ for now

‘Gone with the Wind’ is Amazon’s bestselling movie after HBO Max removed the film | Fox Business

80 years ago, Hattie McDaniel broke color barrier at Oscars

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1 COMMENT

  1. Short answer… NO! “Gone With The Wind” SHOULD NOT be eliminated!
    Long answer… NO! “Gone With The Wind” SHOULD NOT be eliminated! And, I’m going to tell you why!
    First – It is a cinematic masterpiece! It’s one of the greatest movies of all time. And except for “The Wizard Of Oz”, which was released the same year, there has never been any movie made since that can even begin to compare.
    Secondly – It only a movie, for Pete’s sake! And, it’s about one of the most important times in the history of this country… The Civil War, and the abolishment of slavery! Ever southerners fought for the freedom of slaves! Most of which completely divided families, putting brothers against brothers, killing to defend their beliefs, no matter how opposite they may have been.
    Finally – YOU WERE NEVER A SLAVE! Hell, your grandfather wasn’t even a gleam in his father’s baby grave at the time of slavery! So, quit trying to claim a slavery past that YOU NEVER EVEN HAD!
    In closing, I’d like to say this. Nearly 100 years before black slavery in America, there was the Irish slavery that continued until the middle to end of the 1930’s, LONG AFTER the abolishment of black slavery! I know this as a fact. Because, I had relatives who were Irish slaves. My great grandmother was never released until the early 1920’s. And, she lived to 104, when she passed away in 1991. Yet, I’m not running around screaming about racism against the Irish! And, I’ve NEVER put my hands out for reparations!
    So, you can try as hard as you want to delete part of American history. But, if you’re actually serious about that, you have to delete it all! Because, you can’t just pick and choose what you think was wrong. And with that, I mean there was no slavery, there was no Civil War, there was no Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, and EVERY monument, building, street, boulevard & avenue honoring those leaders need to be deleted as well!
    If you think that’s a really stupid idea, you are right! The elimination of ANY part of our history IS A REALLY STUPID IDEA!

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