Sunny Hostin of â€œThe Viewâ€ managed to put the controversy over HBO Maxâ€™s decision to pull â€œGone With the Windâ€ from its offerings into proper perspective during Wednesdayâ€™s show.
After the new streaming channel announced Tuesday that it was removing â€œGWTWâ€ from its list of available films until its historical context can be put in proper perspective, McCain noticed that it was a trending topic.
In a tweet, she seemed excited about ginning up some kind of viral culture war debate with friends and colleagues on the show, especially Oscar-winning Whoopi Goldberg.
Iâ€™m going to pitch the Gone With The Wind being pulled from HBO as a hot topic tomorrow (deleted tweet). I am privileged to work with an academy award winning actress and I am actually more interested in a discussion with her about it than on twitter. Have a good night everyone!
â€” Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 10, 2020
On the show, Goldberg said she didnâ€™t believe in censoring the film, but it was important to note that the values of â€œGWTWâ€ are not the same ones as in contemporary society.
But Hostin didnâ€™t even think the conversation about the film was really necessary, considering the more pressing issues of the day.
â€œWell, we have had this discussion many times before, and, you know, my biggest concern right now isnâ€™t the availability of â€˜Gone With the Windâ€™ on HBO,â€ Hostin said, accompanied by an award-worthy eye roll.
Hostin pointed out that, yes, the movie glorifies the Confederacy and the Antebellum South without providing the true horrors of slavery, but expressed frustration that HBOâ€™s move was so important to conservatives over more pressing issues.
â€œNobody is in favor of censorship, and someone like Megyn Kelly spent all morning tweeting about this,â€ Hostin said. â€œI would like to see that same energy from people on the right rather than talking about this issue, talking about the voter suppression that happened yesterday in Georgia, talking about the 112,000 Americans that are still dead from COVID,â€ rather than lamenting over â€œGone With the Wind.â€
â€œI think this is much ado about nothing. I think this is a big distraction, and again, itâ€™s a discussion we have had so many times before.â€
Hostinâ€™s side-eye toward the topic apparently struck a nerve with McCain, who apologized for bringing up the topic, while trying to justify it.
â€œI mean, I guess I should apologise that weâ€™re doing this topic because it was my doing,â€ McCain said. â€œI was on Twitter last night, and it was a conversation thatâ€™s been trending, and I actually just thought it would be interesting to talk to you, Whoopi [Goldberg], because youâ€™re an Academy Award winner, I believe only the second black Academy Award winner after Hattie McDaniel who won an Oscar, and itâ€™s important to talk about censorship in film and books right now because we need to talk about whatâ€™s appropriate and whatâ€™s not.â€
McCain then conceded that her feelings about â€œGone With the Windâ€ are probably different than her co-hosts, but said she â€œwould like to know what it means for people who are friends of Hattie McDaniel if itâ€™s removed.â€
She added, â€œI know this seems like a trite and stupid conversation to some of you, but I was interested in it,â€ she said. â€œSo itâ€™s my fault this is a topic today.â€
You can see the complete segment below: