The Woke Taliban have won HBO Max announced on Tuesday it is blacklisting
Gone With the Wind (1939), and with it, Hattie McDaniel’s performance for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar of 1940.
McDaniel was not only the first black actor or actress to win an Oscar, she was the first black person ever to win an Oscar of any kind, and the first black person to even be nominated. Other than Merle Oberon, who was both Asian and Polynesian, McDaniel was the first racial minority ever nominated for any category.
There’s more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.
– Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Told ja so.
Come on, I did tell you… I told you so
, I told you so
, and this is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.
Gone With the Wind
, which is still the most popular and financially successful movie ever made, will be blacklisted by HBO. Then the network promises its
return, but only after it’s been desecrated:
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
These depictions are certainly counter to WarnerMedia’s values, so when we return the film to HBO Max, it will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions, but 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.
Gone With the Wind
will return after it’s been vandalized with a filmed introduction of the “correct” people instructing us on how to “correctly” view, experience, and interpret this piece of art. And let me assure you HBO Max will not allow you to fast-forward through this tutorial on how to interpret art. Like those commercials you cannot skip over, you will be forced to sit through it.
In other words, when HBO Max says the movie will be “presented as it was originally created,” that’s a lie. It now will be presented with a tutorial telling you how to feel (guilt, shame, anger) about what you’re about to watch.
this all began with Oscar-winner screenwriter John Ridley’s list of demands. It was his
editorial that blackmailed HBO Max into blacklisting a classic
of black people love. Here’s his list of his deliberately vague blackmail demands… [emphasis added]
all content providers
look at their libraries and make a good-faith effort to
that might be
lacking in its representation
from that which is blatant in its
It doesn’t just
“fall short” with regard to representation
. It is a film that
glorifies the antebellum south
. It is a film that, when it is
not ignoring the horrors of slavery
, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most
painful stereotypes of people of color.
(1942). We can’t have Ilsa referring to Sam as “Boy.”
(1942). We can’t have Bing Crosby singing in blackface.
(1941). We can’t have Willie Best doing the minstrel.
(1978). We can’t have the black bar scene (that Richard Pryor personally approved of).
Goodbye Lenny Bruce and George Carlin and
You Only Live Twice
Big Trouble In Little China
Cotton Comes to Harlem
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Driving Miss Daisy
Black Hawk Down
The Green Mile
Blazing Saddles, Scarface, Sixteen Candles, Soul Man, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Good Earth, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Loony Tunes,Seinfeld, The Jeffersons, Married With Children, Sanford and Son, Soap, All In the Family,
and every one of Woody Allen’s films