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Gone With The Wind removed from HBO Max streaming platform over racist portrayal

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Oscar-winning US Civil War movie Gone With The Wind was removed from the HBO Max streaming platform on Tuesday following the mass protests against racism and police brutality in the US. Media reports said that the movie released in 1939 shows contented slaves and heroic slaveholders which was not the norm then.

“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,” international news agency AFP quoted an HBO Max spokesperson as saying.

“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.”

The US has seen large scale protests and violence since the killing of African American George Flyod on May 25. Protesters are demanding police reform and the broader removal of symbols of racist legacy, including monuments to slave-holding Confederacy.

George Floyd died after a white Minneapolis officer subdued him with a knee to his neck for close to nine minutes. A video of it went viral leading to protests. The officer was later charged with second-degree murder.

The company has said that it will bring back the film at a later date along with a discussion of its historical context, media reports said.