What is the Gone with the Wind race row? – The Sun

GONE with the Wind is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time and after its release in 1939, it became the highest-earning film of all time, a record which it held for over 25 years.

It has since become a cornerstone of the entertainment industry, but it has now been removed from streaming platform HBO Max due to glorifying racism.

What is the Gone with the Wind race row?

Gone With The Wind has been removed from the HBO Max streaming service after it was blasted for “glorifying” racism.

The 1939 Hollywood classic, which won a staggering eight Oscars including Best Picture, focuses on a Georgia plantation owner played by Vivien Leigh during the US Civil War.

Since George Floyd was killed, the story has been assessed once again which critics claiming the film, which was based on a novel by author Margaret Mitchell, ignores “the horrors of slavery” during the 19 century in the south of the country.

However, the movie also made history in other areas as Hattie McDaniel became the first ever African American to win an Oscar, as she picked up Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the picture.

What has 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley said?

HBO are removing the film temporarily and writer of the critically-acclaimed 12 Years A Slave John Ridley commented on the iconic movie in the LA Times.

He wrote: "It doesn’t just 'fall short' with regard to representation.

"It is a film that glorifies the antebellum south.

“It is a film that, when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color.”

What has HBO said about the removal of Gone with the Wind?

The company said: “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."

They continued: “These depictions are certainly counter to WarnerMedia’s values, so when we return the film to HBO Max, it will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions, but will be presented as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.

“If we are to create a more just, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history.”

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