The probability of an Oscar-winning movie getting removed from a streaming platform is very less. Especially since such films have huge academic value and they tend to be an asset to the respective service provider. However, it seems like the improbable has happened as HBO max temporarily pulled down Gone With The Wind, the 1939 classic that is rated as one of the best works of the black-and-white era.
Why Gone With The Wind has been removed from HBO Max?
George Floyd’s death has flared up protests all across the globe and any content supporting discrimination too is a concern. Gone With The Wind is not a film free from controversy. Over the years, the movie has been scrutinised by critics and has drawn flak for glorifying racism in one way or the other. A few days ago, in an op-ed of Los Angeles Times, the writer of ‘12 Years Of A Slave’, John Ridley, had asked to remove Gone With The Wind from the archives. Amidst all these, HBO Max has decided to pull down the film temporarily.
HBO Max makes the right statement
A spokesperson with HBO Max has come up with a statement that rightly explains the service provider’s move. It has been mentioned that Gone With The Wind depicts some ‘ethnic and racial prejudices’. “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 announcement adds further.
Will Gone With The Wind Return?
HBO max has confirmed that the film will return to the platform on another date. They have added that Gone With The Wind’s new arrival will be with “a discussion of its historical context”. Nevertheless, none of the scenes will be edited as it will lead to a misconception that prejudices didn’t even exist. Contextually and thematically, Gone With The Wind was an endearing love story but the essence of racism in it is still very controversial. It portrayed slaves as the ones contented with their jobs and the masters as the big heroes. For the uninitiated, the movie that had hit theatres in 1939 went on to win as many as 10 Oscar Awards. Hattie Macdaniel, who won the Best Supporting Actress award emerged as the first-ever Black actress to get a nomination and later, receive the acclaim. After HBO Max, it has to be seen whether more platforms will follow the suit by removing movies with racist references.
Cover Image Source: Pinterest