John Oliver Calls HBO Max an ‘Ash Heap of History’ Amid ‘Gone with the Wind’ Controversy

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John Oliver is one of HBO's most popular and award-winning voices, but that doesn't mean he'll play well with WarnerMedia's new streaming platform, HBO Max. The streamer made the headlines for temporarily removing "Gone with the Wind" from his platform for portraying "ethnic and racial prejudice". During the episode of "Last Week Tonight" on June 14, Oliver discussed HBO Max's "Gone With The Wind" controversy while criticizing White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for raising concerns about the film's removal Expressed and asked, "Where do you draw the line? ”
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"The answer to" where you draw the line "is literally always" somewhere ". You draw it somewhere," said Oliver. "In addition, HBO does not draw the film permanently - it will be taken up again with additional context." And who shits when something doesn't work on HBO Max? In fact, there may be no better way to wipe out all the evidence of something than putting it on HBO Max, the only ash pile in history that costs $ 15 a month. "
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As Oliver noted, HBO Max will bring "Gone With The Wind" back to his platform at a later date, along with a disclaimer on the film's racist portrayals and a complementary discussion with scientists about the film's historical context. A spokesman for HBO Max said last week that "Gone With The Wind" was "a product of his time and was some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were unfortunately commonplace in American society. You were wrong then and are wrong today, and we thought it would be irresponsible to maintain this title without explaining and condemning these accounts. "
The statement continued: “These representations undoubtedly contradict the values ​​of WarnerMedia. If we send the film back to HBO Max, it will return with a discussion of its historical context and a condemnation of these representations, but presented as it was originally created because it would be the same as saying that these prejudices never existed . If we want to create a fairer, fairer, and more inclusive future, we must first recognize and understand our history. "
HBO Max has not yet announced when "Gone With The Wind" will return to its platform.
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