‘Gone with the Wind’ from HBO Max until he can come back with historique historical background ’

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HBO Max has removed “Gone with the Wind” from its movie library.

The film’s removal comes as mass protests sweep across the United States after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in police custody.

The 1939 film, which tells the love story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler during the American Civil War, is considered by many to be a film classic and is one of the most popular films ever made. However, the film is also incredibly controversial. The film’s depiction of slavery, African Americans and the Southern Civil War was received much more critically in the decades after its release.

A spokesperson for HBO Max, who like CNN belongs to WarnerMedia, told CNN Business that “Gone with the Wind” is “a product of its time and describes some of the ethnic and racial biases that, unfortunately, have been currency common in American society. . ”

“These racist representations were wrong at the time and they are wrong today, and we felt that maintaining this title without explaining and denouncing these representations would be irresponsible,” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that when the film returns to HBO Max, it “will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denunciation of these same representations”, and will be presented “as it was originally created, because otherwise, it would be like saying that these prejudices never existed. ”

“If we are to create a fairer, more equitable and inclusive future, we must first recognize and understand our history,” said the spokesperson.

The deletion also comes after John Ridley, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter for “12 Years a Slave,” this week wrote a Los Angeles Times article asking HBO Max to remove the film from its rotation.

“This is a film that glorifies the southern forearm. It is a film that, when it does not ignore the horrors of slavery, only stops to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color, “wrote Ridley. “The film had the best Hollywood talent at the time, working together to sentimentalize a story that never existed. ”

Ridley clarified that he did not want “Gone With the Wind” to be “relegated to a safe in Burbank,” in California, but rather removed for “a respectful period.”

“Let me be very clear: I don’t believe in censorship,” wrote Ridley. “I would just ask, after a respectful lapse of time, that the film be reintroduced on the HBO Max platform with other films that give a broader and more complete picture of what slavery and Confederation really were . ”

Ridley added that the film “could be associated with narrative conversations and why it is important to have many voices sharing stories from different perspectives rather than just reinforcing the views of the dominant culture.”

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