'Gone with the Wind' gone from HBO Max

The streaming service HBO Max has removed the Civil War racist fantasy film "Gone with the Wind" from its service.

A spokesperson for HBO Max told CNN the film is "a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society."

From CNN:

"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," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that when the film returns to HBO Max, it "will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions," and will be presented "as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed."

"If we are to create a more just, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history," the spokesperson said.

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'Gone with the Wind' pulled from HBO Max until it can return with 'historical context'
Updated 8:52 AM ET, Wed June 10, 2020

[via Frank Pallotta]