Legendary director Spike Lee told “The View” on Friday that films such as “Gone With the Wind” that have been criticized for their portrayals of African Americans should remain available to the public.
“Well, ironically, [Lee’s 2018 film] “BlacKkKlansman” begins with one of the most famous shots in all of cinema – the scene where Scarlett O’Hara walks among the dead and wounded after the great battle of the Civil War, “said Lee.
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“I think it should be seen,” added Lee. “I think one of the most racist movies of all time,” DW Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation” should be seen. I show this film in my class. I’m a full professor at NYU … I’m showing “Birth of a Nation”. “”
Lee’s comments came days after the HBO Max streaming service abandoned “Gone With the Wind” before stating that it would be returned to the service with additional context surrounding its racial content.
“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg recently postponed HBO’s decision, as well as Paramount’s cancellation of the long-running reality show “COPS”.
“Personally, I think if you put it in a historical context – because if you start shooting all the films … you will have to remove all the blaxploitation films because they don’t portray us in the right way”, a said Goldberg. “It’s a very long list of movies. ”
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“If you put, before showing the movie, ‘Look, this was shot when things were different, and we don’t do it anymore, you know, we don’t do that anymore’, that’s what – you have to put something in context, ”she added. “And I think with” Cops “, listen, if you balance the people you arrest – if you arrest everyone, if you spread it, the whites, the yellows, the browns, if everyone gets arrested , you may have “cops”. ”
“I feel like it’s a bunch of black people all the time. I’m just saying. ”
Goldberg has a tenuous link with “Gone with the Wind”. In 1991, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Ghost”. Goldberg was the second African American woman to win an Academy Award for her work. The first, Hattie McDaniel, had won the same award 51 years earlier for her performance as a Mammy slave in “Gone with the Wind”.