“Gone with the Wind” is coming again.
HBO Max will once more begin streaming the controversial slavery-era film — with a lecture about the racial themes that first acquired it pulled, in accordance to the scholar offering the intro.
“I will present an introduction inserting the movie in its a number of historic contexts,” cinema professor Jacqueline Stewart wrote in an op-ed for CNN, confirming the film’s return to the streaming service.
“For me, this is a chance to take into consideration what basic movies can train us,” insisted Stewart, a 50-year-old host on Turner Traditional Films (TCM).
She didn’t announce a date for its return, and HBO Max didn’t instantly return requires remark.
The film — starring Vivienne Leigh, Clark Gable and Hattie McDaniel — was pulled by HBO final week following an op-ed by “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley who mentioned it romanticized “the horrors of slavery.”
In her personal op-ed, Stewart referred to as it considered one of a lot of outdated films that “have performed a significant position in perpetuating the racist beliefs that devalue Black lives and normalize the use of extreme pressure in opposition to Black individuals.”
“The movie romanticizes slavery as a benign and benevolent establishment,” she wrote, noting it’s “nonetheless the highest-grossing movie in historical past when adjusted for inflation.”
Stewart conceded that seeing the film “so prominently in HBO Max’s launch felt like salt rubbed into wounds which have by no means been permitted to heal” amid “each act of anti-black violence.”
“However it’s exactly due to the ongoing, painful patterns of racial injustice and disrespect for black lives that ‘Gone with the Wind’ ought to keep in circulation and stay accessible for viewing, evaluation and dialogue,” she insisted.
“‘Gone with the Wind’ is a major textual content for inspecting expressions of white supremacy in standard tradition,” she wrote.
“Proper now, individuals are turning to films for racial re-education,” Stewart mentioned.
“If individuals are actually doing their homework, we could also be poised to have our most knowledgeable, sincere and productive nationwide conversations but about black lives on display and off.”