In an interview last week rapper and actress Queen Latifah appeared to support the banning of “gone with the wind.”
While some have criticized HBO Max’s removal of “Gone With the Wind” from its streaming service — including those who wonder if it hurts the legacy of Hattie McDaniel, the first African American woman to win an Academy Award — Oscar nominee Queen Latifah says good riddance.
“Let ‘Gone with the Wind’ be gone with the wind,” said the Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy winner in an interview last week.
Per JustJared, Gone With The Wind will be back on HBO Max, with a few changes.
The movie, which caused a stir after fans picked up on problematic depictions of slavery and the Civil War-era South, was pulled from the streaming service over the weekend.
Director John Ridley wrote a feature for the LA Times, calling attention to the movie for its’ racist themes.
HBO Max is planning to re-release the movie with a special introduction by black scholar and television host Jacqueline Stewart.
Jacqueline, who hosts Silent Sunday Nights on TCM, wrote a letter about her introduction for the iconic 1939 movie.
“For me, this is an opportunity to think about what classic films can teach us,” she wrote for CNN. “Right now, people are turning to movies for racial re-education, and the top-selling books on Amazon are about anti-racism and racial inequality. If people are really doing their homework, we may be poised to have our most informed, honest, and productive national conversations yet about Black lives on screen and off.”
There is no set date for when the movie will be back on the service.