Kurtz described a bleak future for works that could find themselves subject to “cancellation” in the future, pointing to HBO’s momentary decision to pull “Gone With the Wind” from the HBO Max film library. The 1939 film has long been accused of glorifying slavery in the American South.
HBO has since promised to return the film to its streaming service alongside “a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of” its racist depictions.
“Should radio stations be barred from playing ‘[The Lady] is A Tramp?’” he asked. “I mean, it does reach levels of absurdity that I think don’t match the serious discussion we are trying to have in the wake of the tragic killing of George Floyd.”
However, Kurtz added that one debate that should be take seriously concerns Confederate symbols.
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