First, HBO Max did this with the movie.
Two weeks after removing “Gone with the Wind” from its platform, HBO Max has brought back the Civil War film. But this time, there’s a disclaimer acknowledging that “The film’s treatment of this world through a lens of nostalgia denies the horrors of slavery, as well as its legacies of racial inequality.”
The disclaimer has two video parts, according to Variety. In one clip, African American cinema expert and Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart contextualizes the movie. In another, viewers can watch a panel discussion, “The complicated legacy of ‘Gone with the Wind,'” from a 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival.
Then a ‘historical context label’ was slapped on it.
“Gone with the Wind” is a product of its time and depicts racial and ethnic prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society. These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.
To create a more just, equitable, and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history … we hope watching it opens up discussion about the roots of institutionalized racism that are still prevalent today. To actively dismantle these systems, we encourage using all the tools available including close examination of racist themes depicted in this film.
Obnoxious as that was, they’re now doing it with the actual book.
Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War epic, which was adapted into a classic Hollywood film, has been deemed “problematic” in a cautionary note at the front of a new edition.
The trigger warning tells would-be readers that Gone with the Wind contains “racist” elements that could be “hurtful or indeed harmful”.
The note in the latest Pan Macmillan version further warns that the novel has not been rewritten to remove offensive passages, unlike recently reissued Agatha Christie and Ian Fleming works, but makes clear that publishers retaining the original text does not “constitute an endorsement” of the book.
It adds that a white writer was specifically commissioned to write an essay for the new edition explaining Gone with the Wind’s “white supremacist” elements, to avoid inflicting “emotional labour” on someone from a minority background.
Tumblr is our entire culture now.
I should also mention that Macmillian is just a front for the ex-Nazi Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Perhaps Macmillan should slap a ‘Nazi’ warning on all its books.
If this is the new normal, then will just about any book published before the last decade avoid some sort of content label? And hopefully, they’ll take care to slap trigger warnings on Shakespeare and force readers to confront a lecture about ‘whiteness’ in Hamlet. The same folks who claim that Florida is banning books for keeping porn out of schools are slashing and burning their way through the classics.