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Screenwriter John Ridley writes a Los Angeles Times op-ed urging HBO Max, the new streaming service you still can’t figure out how to get on your TV, to take the movie down, arguing that it “romanticizes the Confederacy” and perpetuates “some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color.” BANG! HBO Max removes the film from its platform. POW! People get angry about censorship and attempts to cleanse our troubled cultural history. HMM! (the unimpressive sound effect that always ends these narratives) HBO Max announces that the movie will return — something, incidentally, that Ridley, from the beginning, had said would be fine — once the service can append to it appropriate discussions and (their word) denouncements.

- Mark Harris for Vulture