We learn from history so that we are not doomed to repeat it.
But radical leftists want us to forget those lessons.
Those lessons also include the shared triump of defeating adversity and improving our culture together.
HBO has just announced that it has temporarily removed Gone with the Wind from its streaming platform.
This Civil War epic is considered one of the great cinematic masterpieces of all time.
However, because of its historal portrayal of slavery, liberals wanted it off of HBO.
It appears that the streaming giant has bowed down (or "kneeled" down) before the mob.
More details below:
The FIRST black actress in history to win an Academy Award was Hattie McDaniel.
She won the award for her role in Gone with the Wind.
That is something that should be celebrated!
She helped paved the way for black actors and actresses in Hollywood.
Yet HBO removed her award-winning movie from their platform.
"Cancel culture" is having a net negative impact on our discourse and culture.
By attempting to sanitize everything, even our own history, the powers that be are creating more snowflakes than ever before.
CNBC reports that HBO cited "racial prejudices" for removing this historical film from its platform:
New streaming service HBO Max has removed the epic 1939 movie “Gone With the Wind” from its schedule, saying it showed “ethnic and racial prejudices.”
The movie will return to the platform with a “discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions,” an HBO Max spokesperson said in an email to CNBC on Wednesday.
The removal comes amid anti-racism protests ignited by the death of George Floyd. The unarmed black man died while a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck from more then eight minutes. Screenwriter and director John Ridley, in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on Monday, urged HBO Max parent company WarnerMedia to temporarily take it down .
“Gone With the Wind” is set in Georgia during the Civil War, and has been previously criticized for its depiction of slavery. Its stars included Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel, who portrayed the slave “Mammy” and became the first African American to win an Oscar.
Ridley, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for “12 Years A Slave,” said of “GWTW: “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.”
HBO Max’s spokesperson told CNBC: ”‘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.”
The film will return, the spokesperson added, with a discussion of its context but will be shown in its original form “because to do so otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.”
The fact that HBO is only temporarily removing the film suggests that it is virtue signaling to the mob.
If the film was truly offensive, then it would be permanently banned.
The film also is one of President Trump's favorite movies.
Now that HBO has removed Gone with the Wind, the movie is finding new support from viewers.
It has become the #1 best selling movie on Amazon.
Viewers are flocking to Amazon to be able to watch this piece of cinematic history.
It took less than 1 business day for Gone with the Wind to become #1 on Amazon.
Less than 24 hours after HBO Max pulled Gone with the Wind from its platform, the 1939 film has jumped to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. A DVD copy of Gone with the Wind currently sits at Number 1 on Amazon’s chart, while the 70th anniversary Blu-ray and DVD editions occupy the eighth and ninth spots, respectively.
Amazon users seem to be paying top dollar for a relatively limited selection of Gone with the Wind hard copies. The top-selling DVD edition of Victor Fleming’s film is currently available for $32.49 from an independent seller, while the majority of 70th anniversary copies have already been sold. Sellers have jacked up the prices on the remaining products: one 70th anniversary Blu-ray is listed at an astounding $334.01 (for a new set), or $83.48 used.
The demand for hard copies of Gone with the Wind is surprising given that the controversial Best Picture winner is readily available to stream. Amazon Prime Video users can rent Gone with the Wind for just $3.99 or purchase it for $9.99. The controversial film is also available for rent or purchase on iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and YouTube.
Will you be ordering Gone with the Wind from Amazon?
Though the film depicts slavery, it's important for historical context to be understood.
There are many other films that depict slavery.
Will they be removed from streaming platforms such as HBO as well?