Warner Media's HBO Max streaming service has removed from its library the world-class drama "Gone With the Wind." As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, this happened after the screenwriter of the movie "12 Years a Slave" John Ridley wrote an article in the Los Angeles Times, in which he urged the management of HBO Max to abandon the demonstration of the classics.
According to Ridley, "the movie glorifies the pre-war South" and while it "does not ignore the horrors of slavery," it spreads "the country's most painful stereotypes about the people of color."
In turn, the streaming service explained its decision as follows : Gone With the Wind is a product of its time and reflects some ethnic and racial prejudice, which, unfortunately, were common in American society. These racist descriptions were wrong then and wrong today, and we felt that it would be irresponsible to keep the tapes in our catalog without explaining and judging these phenomena. "Perhaps in the future the movie will be able to return to the library with appropriate notes and comments.
Recall that "Gone with the Wind" received eight Academy Awards, and one of the awards was given to the black actress Hattie McDaniel, who played the nanny of the main character.
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