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Gone with the Wind has been taken off HBO Max following calls for it to be removed from the US streaming service.

HBO Max said the 1939 film was "a product of its time" and depicted "ethnic and racial prejudices" that "were wrong then and are wrong today".

It said the film would return to the platform at an unspecified date with a "discussion of its historical context".

Set during and after the American Civil War, Gone with the Wind has long been attacked for its depiction of slavery.

Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, it features slave characters who seem contented with their lot and who remain loyal to their former owners after slavery's abolition.

Gone with the Wind received 10 Oscars and remains the highest-grossing movie of all time when its takings are adjusted for inflation.

Hattie McDaniel became the first black actress to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award for her role as domestic servant Mammy.

Writing in the Los Angeles Times this week, screenwriter John Ridley said the film "glorifies the antebellum south" and perpetuated "painful stereotypes of people of colour".

"The movie had the very best talents in Hollywood at that time working together to sentimentalise a history that never was," continued the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years A Slave.

In a statement, HBO Max said it would be "irresponsible" to keep the film on its platform without "an explanation and a denouncement" of its "racist depictions".

It said the film itself would return "as it was originally created", saying "to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed".

The wording of the statement is similar to advisories that accompany Tom and Jerry cartoons and other vintage animations on various streaming services.

Disney+ also advises its subscribers that some of its older films - among them 1941 animation Dumbo - "may contain outdated cultural depictions".

HBO Max's move comes amid mass protests against racism and police brutality that have prompted several television networks to reassess their offerings.

It follows the removal of Little Britain from Netflix, BritBox and BBC iPlayer. The show saw Matt Lucas and David Walliams play characters from different ethnic backgrounds, including Desiree DeVere - a woman played by Walliams in full blackface.

 

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I'm hearing sea noises and rowdy drunk assholes singing for some reason.

Hmm.

Must be a coincidence.
 
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It said the film itself would return "as it was originally created", saying "to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed".
"It just doesn't exist right now because we don't want to deal with mean tweets".

Removing it at all is a bad idea. Because as a product of it's time it serves as a reminder of how racial depictions in Hollywood have changed.

Sure they say they won't change it. But if it ever does return I wonder if pressure will cause certain films to be cut so they are less offensive to people too dumb to understand that some of these films are close to 100 years old.

Disney+ also advises its subscribers that some of its older films - among them 1941 animation Dumbo - "may contain outdated cultural depictions".
Maybe that is a good thing as long as Disney doesn't cave if too many people complained. They warned you ahead of time so it's your fault if you are offended.
 

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“Hattie McDaniel became the first black actress to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award for her role as domestic servant Mammy.”

McDaniel became the first black person to win any Oscar— actress, director, costumer, whatever. She was proud of the movie and of her work.

Today is also McDaniel’s birthday. Great optics HBO.
 
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I love how these idiots keep saying they are on the right side of history.
Yet they can't even educate themselves on the black actors in the movie.
Mamy of them have given interviews or written about their earliest roles and have said they wanted to act, thats all that was available to them so they took the roles and just hoped things would get better.
They were proud of their work.

And here we are in 2020 giving into re.tarded toddlers trapped in adult bodies and warming up for bookburnings.

What a world.
 

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“Hattie McDaniel became the first black actress to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award for her role as domestic servant Mammy.”

McDaniel became the first black person to win any Oscar— actress, director, costumer, whatever. She was proud of the movie and of her work.
Landmark Oscar wins don't matter if an 80 year old movie hurts someone's feefees. I guess Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh are posthumously cancelled for taking their roles. Olivia de Havilland, who at 103 is still with us, is also cancelled. How dare she appear in this film 80 years ago! :mad:

Some actor from The Flash was recently fired for tweeting a dumb Al Sharpton joke back in 2012.

It's all stupid and very tryhard on the part of networks. They are desperate not to look racist to people who probably don't even watch the stuff they are pulling in the first place. It's like when game companies censor and virtue signal vidya for people who will never play them. All this does is alienate the people who really do care.
 

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Landmark Oscar wins don't matter if an 80 year old movie hurts someone's feefees. I guess Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh are posthumously cancelled for taking their roles. Olivia de Havilland, who at 103 is still with us, is also cancelled. How dare she appear in this film 80 years ago! :mad:

Some actor from The Flash was recently fired for tweeting a dumb Al Sharpton joke back in 2012.

It's all stupid and very tryhard on the part of networks. They are desperate not to look racist to people who probably don't even watch the stuff they are pulling in the first place. It's like when game companies censor and virtue signal vidya for people who will never play them. All this does is alienate the people who really do care.
Based Livvy, still biking around Paris at 100+
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