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Response to Proud liberal 80 (Original post)

Wed Jun 10, 2020, 09:33 AM

6. I don't think HBO had an ulterior motive.

Gone With The Wind has long been subject to criticism for racism and the glorification of the Confederacy. I think they just donít know what to do about it. They said in their statement that they arenít permanently pulling it but want to provide some kind of contextual statement to attach to it. That seems reasonable though I agree that this move has a bandwagon feel to it.

I have long been against censorship of literature that was written when cultural or societal norms were very different than the times we now live in. If modern standards were imposed on past works we would have to stop reading Shakespeare, Dickens, Twain and countless other works. Even the original Nancy Drew stories are tainted by racism and anti-Semitism.

HBO could have announced they were providing a statement of some kind at the beginning of the movie that acknowledges it was made in 1939 when racist tropes were tolerated in the film industry. They should also add that marital rape is now a crime.

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