HBO Max has been under fire since it included the 1939 film in its official launch last month. The streaming network snatched him up on June 9 because of his “racist portrayals” following the murder of George Floyd while he was detained by Minneapolis police last month, which sparked protests mass around the world. Now the network plans to take its time to bring it back to an audience.
“We are slow and careful, and I think that is the right answer. He will be represented, but with context and framing, “Sandra Dewey, president of commercial affairs and production for HBO Max, told Variety on Tuesday.
“Nobody wants to take [away] these pieces of content – and there are many – have what could be accurately described as racial insensitivity, “she said. “We think it requires a frame in today’s speech. ”
She added that concerns have also been expressed about racist depictions in old “Looney Tunes” cartoons. In addition, Warner Bros. recently announced that he would not allow the character Elmer Fudd, a hunter, to carry a firearm during a restart of the animated show on HBO Max.
On Monday, it was revealed that the possible reintegration of “Gone with the Wind” will include an introduction by Jacqueline Stewart, host of Turner Classic Movies and professor at the University of Chicago, who wrote in a CNN editorial that the film “Romance slavery as a caring and caring institution.
But Latifah – who played “Gone with the Wind” star Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American woman to win an Oscar, in Ryan Murphy’s recent Netflix miniseries “Hollywood” – lamented McDaniel’s treatment, who was not even allowed to attend the 1940 Ceremony itself.
“They didn’t even leave her in the theater just before she got this award. Someone came out and brought her into the auditorium. She was not even allowed to sit there, “said Latifah, 50, of the PA. “And then she had to read a speech written by a studio. You know that’s not what she meant. ”
Despite his victory, McDaniel – who played a maid in the film – was then relegated to similar stereotypical parties, until his death in 1952 at 59 years of age.
“All she could do was play the same kinds of roles … So the opportunities at the time and the way those in power in this business relegated and marginalized us and didn’t allow us to grow and to thrive after that was just terrible, “says Latifah. “And a lot of it is still there today. ”
However, Latifah said protests against the death of Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement are “like nothing I have ever seen in my life,” adding that she is “both torn apart.” interior and at the same time inspired by them. “I renewed my vigor every day because we have a lot to do.”
Latifah now hopes that the momentum will continue and bring about change.
“We see things that have been happening for a long time, and here is the barrel of powder. This is the perfect storm, if you will, for the opportunity of a change to come, “she said. “So we shouldn’t stop – we shouldn’t take our foot off the gas. “