HBO Max removed the classic Gone with the Wind film from the service this week amid nationwide protests and riots. “[It’s a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society,” HBO tells the Wall Street Journal.
You are probably asking the same question you did when Elmer Fudd’s rifle was canceled this week: Why? It’s obvious, because of fear. It’s what drives all of pop culture’s decisions. Executives are so terrified of criticism, they will trade their bottom lines for it.
We’ve gotten to a point where if one person on this planet finds something offensive, that one thing is canceled. Gone. Sometimes even before that one person is outraged. Just the thought of that one person is enough.
This time, it was the Los Angeles Times‘ John Ridley who got the beloved film kicked off HBO Max “for now.”
“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,” Ridley writes.
Gone with the Wind doesn’t contribute to racial injustice. It doesn’t lead to individuals being stereotyped, either. In fact, it was the first film ever to have an African American actress or actor win an Oscar. Hattie McDaniel won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Mammy.
Born today in 1893: the great Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award. Her acceptance speech is always so moving to watch.
"My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel."
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) June 10, 2020
The bigger problem, as I discussed earlier in the week, is the attempt to destroy everything we enjoy. The arbiters on Twitter are on a quest to eliminate everything they haven’t influenced. Legendary films and TV shows appear to be their next victims. The powerful online voices can’t fathom that something should exist that they didn’t approve, edit, and promote. Because they are smarter than you, more equipped to make your decisions for you — at least that is what they’ll tell you.
At this rate, anything that causes enjoyment is in jeopardy of cancelation. There’s already been an attempt, and sadly a successful one, to ensure everyone thinks like those with the most retweets. But that isn’t good enough for them, anymore. Now, they want us to enjoy what they do. They don’t accept debate and they don’t want you to have fun. Which is so fitting isn’t it? Those who wake up every morning bothered, offended, and angry can’t deal with the thought that others might wake up happy.
Individual thinking has already been criminalized. Your enjoyment is next.
No decent person is for racial injustice. And no reasonable person has watched Gone with the Wind and concludes it’s bad for society.