HBO Max Temporarily Pulls ‘Gone With the Wind,’ Issues Statement About Decision

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1939’s Gone With the Wind is one of the most successful films in history, the winner of 10 Academy Awards out of 13 total nominations. It’s widely considered among the pinnacle of American filmmaking, but HBO Max has temporarily pulled the film from its streaming platform this week in the wake of protests and civil unrest stemming from the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hand of police in Minneapolis.

Defending the decision, HBO Max issued a statement explaining its motivations in removing Gone with the Wind, stating that the film 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.”

When the film does return, it will feature a preface, per NBC News quoting an HBO Max spokesperson:

The original film will be brought back “with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions,” a spokesperson for the service said in a statement.

HBO Max launched on May 27 and is a new, standalone streaming platform from HBO.


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