A HBO Max spokesman, like CNN that is owned by WarnerMedia, told CNN Business that “Gone with the Wind” is “a product of its time and depicts some racial and ethnic prejudices that were unfortunately common in American society”.
The spokesman said: “These racist images were wrong at the time and they are wrong today, and we felt that maintaining this title without explanation and condemning those pictures would be irresponsible.”
The spokesman added that when the film returns to HBO Max, it will “return to discussing its historical context and condemn those images”, and it will be presented “as originally created, because doing otherwise would be like claiming that these prejudices never existed.”
“If we want to create a more fair, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our understanding,” the spokesman said.
“It is a movie that glorifies the pre-southern war. It is a film, when it does not ignore the horrors of slavery, only pauses to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color,” wrote Ridley. “The movie had the best talent in Hollywood at the time as they worked together to emotionalize a history that was never.”
Ridley made it clear that he did not want to be “deserted by the wind” to a “cellar in Burbank”, California, but would instead be removed “for a decent period of time”.
“Let me be clear: I do not believe in censorship,” Ridley wrote. “I would just like to ask, after a respectable period of time, that the film be replayed on the HBO Max platform along with other films that give a more comprehensive and complete picture of what slavery and the confederation really were.”
Ridley added that the movie “can be combined with conversations about novels and why it is important that there be many voices sharing stories from different perspectives rather than just those that reinforce the views of mainstream culture.”