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Queen Latifah: Let ‘Gone with the Wind’ be gone forever

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then get rid of black panther too

18 ( +30 / -12 )

Sorry, can't agree with you, let's turn this into a learning experience rather than just banning it.

24 ( +28 / -4 )

If we ban why people hate, there will be nothing left.

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I love gone with the wind. The acting. The adventure.

14 ( +19 / -5 )

The same woman who played a gangster killer thief in set it off. What a hypocrite.

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There are many 'heroes' in the world with little meaning. It's not a US only problem. Why glorify, for example, Napoleon, who killed so many of his own and Russian and other people? No one would glorify Mao or Kim or Stalin. Time to rethink who's a worship worthy person and have one world standard.

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No one would glorify Mao or Kim or Stalin.

The Kims and Mao are revered in N. Korea and China respectively. Their posters are hung up high, and criticizing them is forbidden.

Not sure why you think no one is glorifying them.

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The worst is the deification of Che Guevara. I can't imagine why anyone would want to wear his picture on their clothes or bag. He was just another in a long line of murderous Marxist thugs.

As to banning Gone With The Wind, it is just another in what I call the Orwellization of society and culture. Another attempt to erase uncomfortable history and replace it with bromides. Looking backwards with 20/20 hindsight is always a danger.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

I think in Minnesota the book To Kill a Mockingbird is to be banned. Goodbye free speech.

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then get rid of black panther too

No.

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

Loved in Japan, Gone with the Wind will always be a classic love story with die-hard fans throughout the world. Like cowboy movies, it portrays a society that has gone forever. (You can find a hint in the title).

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I totally disagree with this whole literature and art banning crap. As much as I support the Black Lives Matter movement, I think we are going down the wrong road when it comes to banning literature and art. Yes, "Gone with the Wind" is racist and has a lot of racial stereotypes, but it was written in context of the Civil War which were racist times.

If we go down this path, we'd have to ban a lot Mark Twain books which are considered American literature, but has a lot of racism in it. It was an ugly part time in American history, but we should not pretend that it never happened.

People may argue that the Confederate statues are also a part of American history; I would argue that it was a part of Confederate history hence should not be displayed "publicly" in America, but should be put in privately owned museums dedicated to Confederate history and the Civil War and cater to only those who take interest in it.

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Philistines calling for the banning of films and literature.

Yeah, let a rapper hypocrite decide what is ok and what isnt.

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... and have one world standard.

Whaou...that's seriously the most horrific thing I've read lately.

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one of the best movies of all time, truly a classic, with an amazing cast, including the beautiful Vivien Leigh... 8 Oscars... i,m sorry but it will never be gone ... your insignificant words though, those will be gone in no time...

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Bugle Boy of Company BToday  08:15 am JST

If we ban why people hate, there will be nothing left.

Yes, It's a fictional movie set in an ugly period of history. It's a relic, In college history class we were shown 'Triumph of the Will'. That movie is hideous, pompous and is a relic of a history we don't want to repeat. But it has historical value.

People may argue that the Confederate statues are also a part of American history; I would argue that it was a part of Confederate history hence should not be displayed "publicly" in America, but should be put in privately owned museums dedicated to Confederate history and the Civil War and cater to only those who take interest in it.

Exactly. That's where it belongs. When the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Capital was taken down, Pres. Obama stated that it should be in a museum. It's history.

The same year me and some other vets visited an Air Force museum. It has displays (dress uniform, rifle, national flag, etc.) from the WW2 Axis Powers from the now gone fascist regimes of Italy, Germany, Japan and Spain. That's not a celebration of fascism, it's a display of an ugly part of history.

The Confederacy is history. Time to put it away for good. As for the arts, they should be taken in a historical concept only, not banned.

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First it was the statues, then the books and movies, next it'll probably be renaming or destruction of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial, after that the renaming of Washington D.C. How about anything with the names Washington or Jefferson associated with them, such as highways, schools, etc. How about censoring the names of slave owners whose signatures are seen on the U.S. Constitution? Where does it end?

Richard Nixon wrote in one of his books that Americans liked to engage in self-flagellation and maybe this is what's happening now. Many Americans would like to throw away their history, warts and all, of who they are and where they came from. Shame, embarrassment, anger, resentment, whatever you want to call it . . . In the end, a leopard can't change its spots.

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Should the movie be banned? No.

Should the movie be embraced? No.

A lot of the criticisms of the film are fully justified, its a distorted portrayal of a very ugly part of history. Movies shouldn't be banned for that, freedom of speech exists for good reason. At the same time though I get the discomfort and anger this movie creates.

Also despite what some commenters have suggested, Latifah doesn't actually say the movie should be banned. Her words are more in line with a call to just stop watching this garbage because it is garbage, which I'm totally fine with.

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Personally, I'm glad to see it go. If a leopard can't change it spots, then you won't have any problem with these movies, monuments and whatever being removed. White Supremacists have always wanted people to see their symbols of hate and racism. You'd put a burning cross on someone's front lawn. Burning and removing some old monuments is pretty much the same.

No one wants to see your representations of evil on public property. It's just another burning cross. I don't expect some posters here to understand it. Jews don't like the Swastika, African-Americans don't like symbols or racism and hatred.

The only reason some people are against the removal of such symbols is because we are in a war over America's identity, her very soul.

For the REAL Japanese readers out there. Imagine if your son or daughter were hit with buckshot, which is very painful by the way, what would you ask the doctor to do? You would ask the doctor to remove every single piece of metal from the patient's body. You have to do this, so the body can heal. You can't leave any shrapnel in the body. Then the doctor has to perform a painstaking process of cutting the patient open and pulling out the bullets and metal pieces that threaten the patient's life. That is what America is doing. In order for America to heal, you've got to remove the venom coursing through it's veins.

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“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

― George Orwell, 1984

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History is not there for us to like or dislike.

it is there for us to learn from it.

And if it offends you, even better, because then you are less likely to repeat it.

It’s not yours, mine or hers to erase.

it belongs to all of us

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then get rid of black panther too

I wholeheartedly agree with that.

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History is not there for us to like or dislike.

it is there for us to learn from it.

And if it offends you, even better, because then you are less likely to repeat it.

It’s not yours, mine or hers to erase.

it belongs to all of us

Ahhh NO! Incorrect! It HIStory because it's "HIS"-story.

Elementary school Day 1 from an honest History teacher. Everything you are about to read in this book was written by those who killed all the witnesses.

You OWN that.

Not trying to put you down. Just trying to help you see the light. If I walked into your living room and saw all the trophies placed carefully around your house, I certainly wouldn't say those are MY trophies. No, those are all yours. You earned them even if they are for the most heinous events committed in human history.

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It’s not yours, mine or hers to erase.

It hasn't been erased. HBO MAX have decided to stop showing it. If you really want it, buy the DVD.

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Just weird that so many posters on here are like "I have to watch Gone With The Wind, I have to watch it tonight, and I have to watch it via HBO MAX".

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Elementary school Day 1 from an honest History teacher. Everything you are about to read in this book was written by those who killed all the witnesses.

I'm sorry I'm not from the US but are you saying that your history books don't teach about slavery and don't say it was a horrible thing ? It doesn't teach either about the genocide of the native Americans ?

Because if it does your sentence doesn't make any sense.

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Foaming at the mouth, snarling "if I can't have my ancient film that promotes harmful racial stereotypes on a specific streaming platform then a film about a superhero must be taken off a different streaming service owned by a different company."

Just odd behaviour, even for you guys.

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Hey Dana Elaine Owens, or Queen Whatever, can we had House Party 2 and Hairspray to that list as well?

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@Sneezy

I don't think it promotes harmful racial stereotypes, it depicts them, in much the same way a history book may describe them.

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starpunk, so anything that is history cannot be displayed? Well, we won’t need ANY statues then! Nor will we need museums.

Come back when you’re serious.

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I don't think it promotes harmful racial stereotypes, it depicts them, in much the same way a history book may describe them.

This is going to shock you, but Gone With The Wind isn't a documentary.

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Frankly, my dear. I don't give a damn...

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Was she paid for her role in this Netflix show playing a person who she now wants to erase from history?

That wouldnt be self serving at all would it?

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And that would also "erase" the first Oscar won by a black woman.

It's a wonderful book and film depicting a terrible time in history. We have to LEARN from the past so as not to repeat terrible things in the future.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Blacks should see these movies as educational. Plenty of Holocaust movies out there.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Queen who?

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Many of you can't handle the truth. Hattie McDaniel's treatment was terrible and that is also a part of that movie's history and that is what Queen Latifah is talking about. I bet Hattie McDaniel would be happy that it is slowly being put in the pasture. Extra good riddance!

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No one is talking about banning the movie. Queen Latifah didn’t mention banning the movie. Banning is something governments do. Is every movie theater and every other streaming service and tv station that is not currently showing a particular movie banning it? Of course not. HBO can cater to its audience and decide for itself what it wants to make available at a given time.

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Latifah might also promote shelving her execrable role in Bringing Down the House, which exploits dozens more unfunny racial stereotypes in the 30 minutes I could stand to watch. If you haven't seen this movie, don't.

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Bugle Boy of Company BJune 17  05:50 pm JST

starpunk, so anything that is history cannot be displayed? Well, we won’t need ANY statues then! Nor will we need museums.

Come back when you’re serious.

You're missing the point. Those Axis Powers displays are in the museum as relics of a war started by the fascist Axis powers. Those fascist regimes are gone, history. Nazi items are used for educational purposes only in Germany, the Italian Fascist Party is forbidden to regime, Japan's Emperor has avoided visiting the Shrine of the Warriors as long as Gen. Hideiki Tojo is interned there because he misled Japan to shame and disaster and Spain has renamed streets and taken down statues honoring the Falangist dictator Francisco Franco.

And so it should be with the Confederacy. It's an ugly chapter, a bad cause that should not be glorified but it belongs in a museum now. Just like Nazism, Fascism Italia, Greater Nippon and Falangism are over, the Confederacy and slavery are over. Stop glorifying these things and put it all in museums.

It's time to move on. Put the past in museums, rebuild, and move on together.

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How about we let Queen Latifah be gone forever?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

How about we let Queen Latifah be gone forever?

No.

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Queen LaTifah has gone overboard. What happened to 1st amendment of US constitution? Black Lives Matter is a racist entity in itself. Do other people of color or white lives does not matter? If people are just law abiding citizens, most likely than not there will be no encounter with law enforcers. While most immigrants move-up the ladder of success, the African-American community stay stale because Democratic Party promoted culture of dependency and hate to authorities to win elections. Democrats were in power for 16 years and yet did not improve the lives of the stale Americans.

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Queen LaTifah has gone overboard. What happened to 1st amendment of US constitution? Black Lives Matter is a racist entity in itself.

Bingo!

Do other people of color or white lives does not matter? If people are just law abiding citizens, most likely than not there will be no encounter with law enforcers. While most immigrants move-up the ladder of success, the African-American community stay stale because Democratic Party promoted culture of dependency and hate to authorities to win elections. Democrats were in power for 16 years and yet did not improve the lives of the stale Americans.

110% Agreed.

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