When I first read that HBO Max pulled Gone With The Wind, the adjusted for inflation bestselling movie of all time, I was concerned.
After reflecting on their intentions and seeing several weeks of protests (many are peaceful, btw), looting and more, and realizing this is a temporary action to ease tensions, it makes more sense.
But where does this end?
“Let me be real clear: I don’t believe in censorship,” Ridley wrote. “I would just ask, after a respectful amount of time has passed, that the film be re-introduced to the HBO Max platform along with other films that give a more broad-based and complete picture of what slavery and the Confederacy truly were.”HBO Max pulls ‘Gone with the Wind’ until it can return with ‘historical context’ – CNN
This is a very slippery slope. If streaming companies start pulling every type of movie that is historically offensive, where does it end? This is entertainment, not reality. Fiction and fantasy, regardless if the time it depicts in history is no longer relevant or socially acceptable. Or does it matter?
Don’t know why, but I’m getting a Fahrenheit 451 vibe. Metaphorically. What do you think? Good idea for HBO Max to pull this movie? Bad idea?