There are numerous news stories published about HBO Max pulling ‘Gone with the Wind’ from its library of films. The removal of the film comes when there are mass protests across the United States and other countries following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed while in police custody.
The 1939 film tells the love story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler during the American Civil War. ‘Gone with the Wind’ is considered by many to be a cinematic classic and is one of the most popular films ever made.
A spokesperson for HBO Max told CNN Business that “Gone with the Wind” is “a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society.”
“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 spokesperson said.
The CEO Jason Killar of WarnerMedia retweeted the WarnerMedia’s tweet saying, “Today we hosted a team-wide conversation on race. It was one step of many that @WarnerMedia”
In yet another news story, it is reported that The British comedy “Little Britain” was removed from several streaming services, including Netflix. While we tried to find a bit more about the context and visited the Netflix twitter handle, we found a few tweet communications on the same.
‘When you log onto Netflix today, you will see a carefully curated list of titles that only begin to tell the complex and layered stories about racial injustice and Blackness in America. http://netflix.com/blacklivesmatter…’
‘When we say “Black Lives Matter,” we also mean “Black storytelling matters.”
With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.’
‘To be silent is to be complicit.
Black lives matter.
We have a platform, and we have a duty to our Black members, employees, creators and talent to speak up.’
‘Black Lives Matter
Black lives matter. Learn more about racial injustice and the Black experience in America with this collection of films, series and documentaries.’
Poster courtesy – wikipedia.org