The new streaming platform pulled the 1939 Civil War flick a few weeks ago after it was criticized for glorifying the antebellum South,Â but it promised to return the movie after adding historical context and a condemnation of slavery.
The film was returned to the lineup on Wednesday with the addition of two new videos, according to Variety.
The first is a 4:26 video featuring TCM host and film scholar Jacqueline Stewart, who explains that the filmâ€™s depiction of Blacks was controversial even in 1939.
Although producer David O. Selznick promised the African American community that â€œGWTWâ€ would be sensitive to their concerns, Stewart acknowledges the final product depicts â€œthe Antebellum South as a world of grace and beauty without acknowledging the brutalities of the system of chattel slavery upon which this world is based.â€
She also points out in the introduction that the filmâ€™s Black actors werenâ€™t allowed to attend the filmâ€™s premiere in Atlanta and that Hattie McDaniel wasnâ€™t allowed to sit with her fellow cast members at the Academy Awards even though she won the Oscar for supporting actress.
The other new addition is an hourlong discussion called â€œThe Complicated Legacy of â€˜Gone With the Wind,â€™â€ which was taped at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April 2019 and moderated by author and historian Donald Bogle.
The removal of â€œGone With the Windâ€ from the HBO Max platform managed to irk many conservatives, including President Donald Trump, who used the decision to also gripe about the South Korean drama â€œParasiteâ€ winning this yearâ€™s best picture Oscar.
Charlotte Clymer, of the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, called the presidentâ€™s remarks â€œthe doggiest dogwhistle that ever dogwhistled.â€
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