If you can’t make America’s history appear to have always been a sweet-smelling bed of roses, there’s only one thing left to do. Erase it. Or at least bury it in the deepest hole you can dig.
Enter HBO Max. The American classic, “Gone With the Wind,” filmed in 1939, and the winner of eight Oscars, has been pulled from their library for its improper representation of black people during the times depicted in its script.
It should be noted that actress Hattie McDaniel was the first black American to have ever received an Oscar for her starring role in the film, so then there’s that. Fans of the film, and others who strongly disagreed with the network’s decision, were quick to express their displeasure on the pages of social media.
Conservative commentator AG Hamilton immediately began pounding his keyboard. “So when are we getting together to burn copies of To Kill A Mockingbird?”
Greg Price from the Daily Caller chimed in as well. “Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American actor to win an Oscar for her role in ‘Gone With the Wind.’ It’s also her birthday tomorrow. Way to erase a historic black achievement in the name of social justice,” Price more than nailed it.
But it didn’t stop there. Executive editor, Brent Scher, of the Washington Free Beacon typed these words. “It really is necessary to buy hard copies of things… Soon everything digital will be modified beyond recognition or canceled altogether.”
But it was award-winning columnist Scott Feinberg from the Hollywood Reporter who summed things up concisely, and with the fewest amount of words. “This is idiotic. We should learn from the past, not pretend it never existed.” Exactly Scott. We could not agree more.
HBO Max said they are planning on putting the film back in their library, but only after adding some of what they described as, “historical content.” Translated into layman terms this means they are going to alter an award-winning classing film to better coincide with modern times.
“‘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,” responded HBO executives. “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.”
Though HBO claims they will only be adding a “disclaimer” to the film, in actuality, it remains to be seen if any scenes in the movie will be cut. Unless anyone has sat through this three-hour and 58-minute film multiple times, they would never know. What’s worse. Future generations not having as yet seen the film, will never see the original version.
HBO, or any other liberal network holding the rights to such films, can edit, cut, paste, and alter as they choose, but this much is certain, they cannot alter nor change, history as it was. Nobody has that kind of power.
Though the movie was filmed in 1939, the makers of the film were tedious in depicting the tumultuous times depicted in the story. They studied every fine detail to make certain they weren’t getting it wrong, which is the main reason for the film always has been so highly praised by fans and scholars alike.
Pulling the film came about when Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley voiced his opinion in the Los Angeles Times. “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.” One guy caused HBO to cave. One guy!
But young Ridley missed the movie’s entire storyline. The film was not about slavery although it did of course show slaves. This was done in keeping with the times. Other movies, such as “12 years as a slave,” which was written by Ridley, are dedicated to the horrors of slavery which once plagued our land. Emphasis on the word “once.” The two films have an entirely different purpose, though they are both historically accurate.
America’s liberal media cannot ignore reality. What happened, happened. All we can do as a nation is to continue moving in the forward direction we’ve been moving since Donald Trump took over. But it’s impossible to effectively do so if we don’t remain fully cognizant of our past, no matter how good or bad the reality of it was, Can we get an amen?