HBO Max pulls Gone With the Wind, winner of 8 Oscars

American actor Clark Gable (1901 - 1960) in his role as Rhett Butler kissing the hand of a tearful Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh in 'Gone With The Wind'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Unable to resist a tide of pious drama sweeping over the liberal world, HBO Max has banished … a movie from 1939.

The virtue-signaling company pulled the Oscar-winning Civil War epic Gone With the Wind from its lineup amid hysterical racism-inspired protests after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

ScreenRant and The Wall Street Journal were the first to report that the newly launched streaming service yanked the 1939 film, which is set on a highly fictionalized Georgia plantation. Critics in the modern era have criticized Gone With the Wind for its depiction of black people.

The film won eight Oscars in its day, including best picture, and it made history when Hattie McDaniel became the first black American to win an Oscar for her performance.

Still, for HBO it had to go.

The decision sparked some backlash on social media. “So when are we getting together to burn copies of To Kill A Mockingbird?” conservative commentator AG Hamilton asked.

“Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American actor to win an Oscar for her role in ‘Gone With the Wind.’ It’s also her birthday tomorrow. Way to erase a historic black achievement in the name of social justice,” Daily Caller’s Greg Price reacted.

“It really is necessary to buy hard copies of things … Soon everything digital will be modified beyond recognition or canceled altogether,” Washington Free Beacon executive editor Brent Scher warned.


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