The Black Lives Matter is growing rapidly as each new day arrives and has now seeped into avenues where you'd have least expected it to. The latest to fall in line and acknowledge that everything matters in the wake of rampant police brutality, leading to wanton killings of coloured people, are OTT platforms that have sat up and taken notice that even beloved multiple-Oscar winning films, regarded as classic by film historians and movie-buffs, can't brushed under the carpet as a product of their times when lives and livelihood are being affected due to rampant racism in American society as recent as the Georgy Floyd murder a few weeks ago.
Expressing solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement, Gone with the Wind, starring Hollywood legends Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, which had released back in 1939 and had won 8 Oscars beside being the highest-grossing movie of all time when adjusted for inflation, has been removed from HBO Max's streaming service due to the recurring themes of contended slaves and heroic slaveholders throughout the movie, which, clear as daylight, normalise slave culture in the American South at the the time of the Civil War.
Opening up on the decision by HBO Max, spokesperson said in a statement to AFP, "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."
However, less than 24 hours later, the DVD of Gone with the Wind jumped to the top of Amazon’s list of best-selling TV shows and movies.
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