HBO Max Pulls <I>Gone With the Wind</I> after Op-Ed by <I>12 Years a Slave</I> Screenwriter

John Ridley speaks at a reception for nominated foreign film directors for the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2017. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters)

The streaming service HBO Max has been temporarily removed Get rid of the wind of his platform after the screenwriter of Slave for 12 years called for removal in a Monday opinion.

While it’s not clear whether opinion was a driving factor in the decision, screenwriter John Ridley wrote in the Los Angeles Times higher professional education should consider removing it Get rid of the wind temporarily due to the massive George Floyd demonstrations taking place in the United States in the 2013 film Slave for 12 years was adapted by Ridley from the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, a free-born African American who was kidnapped and sold as a slave in Louisiana.

Get rid of the windLong considered an American classic, it has sparked controversy over the portrayal of African-Americans in the pre-war South. The film shows a much rosier picture of slavery and its aftermath than is historically correct.

In 1939, actress Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar for her role as “Mammy” in the movie.

Get rid of the wind is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that, unfortunately, are commonplace in American society, “an HBO spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter. “When we return the film to HBO Max, he will return with a discussion of the historical context and an indictment of those images, but will be presented as originally created, otherwise it would be the same as claiming these preconceptions to exist.”

In his op-edRidley wrote, “I don’t think ‘Gone With the Wind’ should be relegated to a vault in Burbank. I’d just like to ask, after a respectful time has passed, that the movie be re-introduced on the HBO Max platform, together with other films that provide a broader and more complete picture of what slavery and the Confederacy really were. ”

HBO Max Pulls <I>Gone With the Wind</I> after Op-Ed by <I>12 Years a Slave</I> Screenwriter

Zachary Evans is a news writer for National review online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violinist.

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