Few Hollywood motion pictures benefit from the revered standing of 1939’s Gone With the Wind. The epic historic drama is an adaption of the 1936 novel of the identical title. It options tempestuous romance, stirring scenes from the American Civil Struggle, and sadly, racial prejudices that had been frequent on the time. Preserving this final truth in thoughts, HBO Max has eliminated the movie from its library in response to protests over the demise of George Floyd. A spokesperson issued a press release to Selection relating to the choice.
“Gone With The Wind is a product of its time and depicts among the ethnic and racial prejudices which have, sadly, been commonplace in American society. These racist depictions had been mistaken then and are mistaken at present, and we felt that to maintain this title up with out a proof and a denouncement of these depictions could be irresponsible.”
“These depictions are definitely counter to WarnerMedia’s values, so after we return the movie to HBO Max, it would return with a dialogue of its historic context and a denouncement of these very depictions, however shall be introduced because it was initially created, as a result of to do in any other case could be the identical as claiming these prejudices by no means existed. If we’re to create a extra simply, equitable and inclusive future, we should first acknowledge and perceive our historical past.”
Gone with the Wind is the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a plantation proprietor. Scarlett goes after Ashely Wilkes romantically, who’s married to his cousin Melanie, and Scarlett later marries Rhett Butler. The movie was an enormous success upon launch and made stars out of its lead solid of Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).
In latest occasions, the film has been re-examined via the context of a racial lens and located wanting in some ways. Elements of the story are set at a literal plantation run by slaves, who’re all dutiful and subservient, and lack any private company. Slavery itself is considered one thing that merely exists, as an alternative of being one thing that must be eradicated. The Civil Struggle can be framed as a combat between the north and south the place the southerners are combating to protect conventional values.
These criticisms are nothing new. They’ve been leveled towards the film for many years. However the latest BLM actions the world over have put the difficulty of racism in motion pictures into sharper focus. Based on the assertion issued by HBO Max, the film will ultimately return to the streaming platform however shall be accompanied by a denunciation of its racist themes and a crucial examination of the historic context through which the movie was made.
Gone with the Wind is hardly the one characteristic from Hollywood with a tone-deaf portrayal of individuals of coloration. In any case, Tropic Thunder had Robert Downey Jr. dressing up in blackface, as a method of mocking different actors dressing up in blackface. It stays to be seen if different motion pictures shall be getting comparable remedy within the coming days. Selection