Do Not Give Up! Pressure Forces HBO To Bring Back ‘Gone With The Wind’ But There Is A Catch
Do not think you are alone and don’t stop pressuring liberal book burners, after pulling the classic 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” HBO is bringing the film back.
When HBO announced they were pulling the movie “Gone With The Wind” people were outraged. As soon as HBO announced the decision the movie immediately went to the top of Amazon’s best sellers for TV and movies.
Variety magazine reported:
Amazon bases its rankings on sales data. The site currently offers the 70th anniversary two-disc DVD edition of “Gone With the Wind” starting at $29.55, while Amazon Video offers the movie as a digital HD rental at $3.99 and for purchase at $9.99.
HBO hasn’t announced it but the fact they are bringing the movie back shows that they were getting severe backlash over “canceling” the movie.
However, there will be a catch, the movie will feature a disclaimer, and an introduction from liberal activist, Professor Jacqueline Stewart who has argued that “Gone With the Wind” should not be canceled.
Here’s what Stewart wrote in an op-ed published on CNN:
“HBO Max will bring ‘Gone with The Wind’ back to its line-up, and when it appears, I will provide an introduction placing the film in its multiple historical contexts,” wrote Stewart. “For me, this is an opportunity to think about what classic films can teach us.”
“Right now, people are turning to movies for racial re-education, and the top-selling books on Amazon are about anti-racism and racial inequality,” the professor added. “If people are really doing their homework, we may be poised to have our most informed, honest and productive national conversations yet about Black lives on screen and off.”
“Gone with the Wind” is a prime text for examining expressions of white supremacy in popular culture. Based on Margaret Mitchell’s blockbuster novel, “Gone with the Wind” taps into longstanding myths about the gentility of the antebellum South. The film’s lavish costumes, magnificent plantation sets and sweeping Technicolor cinematography render Scarlett O’Hara’s romances and economic tribulations in grand melodramatic fashion.
As the title indicates, “Gone with the Wind” looks back nostalgically at idyllic days that are no more (because they never were). By harkening back to the great old days, plantation dramas invite white viewers to imagine appealing but false pedigrees. When working class and poor white viewers identify with a noble white lineage, for example, they might be less likely to form what could be beneficial alliances with their Black working class and poor counterparts.
HBO can say what they want, they are backtracking and to give them cover they’ve enlisted a liberal professor to issue a “disclaimer.”
My next question is – and we may never know – how many people canceled their HBO Max subscriptions or dropped it on their cable after they announced they were pulling the movie.