The ‘Oregon Trail’ Studio Made a Game About Slavery. Then Parents Saw It
‘Freedom!’ tried to show the horrors of antebellum slavery and the courage of escaping slaves. But neither schools nor audiences were ready for it.
In June, screenwriter John Ridley wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times that called on Warner Media to remove the film Gone with the Wind from their new streaming service, HBO Max. Ridley argued that the film – widely regarded as an American classic – “glorifies the antebellum south…[and perpetuates] some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color.” His op-ed led to an online protest that culminated in Warner Media removing Gone with the Wind from HBO Max and reposting the film with a new introductory disclaimer featuring film scholar Jacqueline Stewart.