On Tuesday, HBO Max temporarily removed the 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” from its library in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd.
“’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,” an HBO Max spokesperson told Variety.
‘Gone With the Wind’ temporarily removed from HBO Max library
And so it begins. Under the demands of a Approved Race Guidelines, companies shall be forced to withdraw anything deemed racially offensive from its rotation and show only products that are deemed appropriate by the Reich… I mean, the Leftist Political Puritans.
Now, this is not new. For all its historical “wokeness” Hollywood has bent to external forces to use a racial and/or religious filters if they feel their income would be compromised.
Beginning with wholesale changes made to Universal’s 1930 release All Quiet on the Western Front, Hollywood regularly ran scripts and finished movies by German officials for approval. When they objected to scenes or dialogue they thought made Germany look bad, criticized the Nazis or dwelled on the mistreatment of Jews, the studios would accommodate them — and make cuts in the American versions as well as those shown elsewhere in the world.
We are headed down a very dangerous path, or should I say a very dangerous set of railroad tracks?