HBO Max and Controversial Classic Film Gone With The Wind

The Civil War drama Gone With the Wind has officially been pulled from HBO Max's library. HBO Max has announced that they will be reevaluating it's streaming content. 

The 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley has written a call to HBO Max in the Los Angeles Times saying the film "glorifies the antebellum south," and "...when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color." 

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John Ridley has confidently stated that "narrative of the 'Lost Cause,' romanticizes the Confederacy in a way that continues to give legitimacy to the notion that the secessionist movement was something more, or better, or more noble than what it was -- a bloody insurrection to maintain the 'right' to own, sell and buy human beings."

HBO Max has now removed the film from its library but only temporarily until it is adjusted with additional content that would "contextualize the controversial historical depictions."

A spokesperson for HBO has said in a statement to Deadline "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."