KEY POINTS

  • Megyn Kelly has hit out at censorship of historical movies and books
  • She slammed HBO Max for pulling “Gone With the Wind”
  • Kelly has questioned if “Friends” and “Game of Thrones” would be next

Slamming HBO Max's decision to temporarily remove “Gone with the Wind” from its library, Megyn Kelly has asked if all shows that treated women as sex objects would be taken off too.

HBO Max on Tuesday pulled the 1939 classic following criticism that it romanticized slavery. Announcing its decision, the streaming platform said the film's removal was to start a "discussion of its historical context and a denouncement" of its portrayal of slavery.

In a Twitter rant, Kelly criticized the move and wondered if all movies and shows that treated women as sex objects would be removed as well. If so, she sarcastically said, every episode of "Friends” and “Game of Thrones” would have to be pulled.

She ended her rant by writing that people can “loathe bad cops, racism, sexism, bias against the LGBTQ community, and not censor historical movies, books, music and art that don’t portray those groups perfectly.”

It is not surprising that “Game of Thrones” has been called out numerous times for the over-sexualization of its female characters and violence against them.

 In 2016, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation placed the show, based on George RR Martin's fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire", on its Dirty Dozen list, an annual publication of all those it feels contribute to rape culture in the country.

Interestingly, “Friends” too has received its share of criticism for glamourizing sex. In a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Pediatrics, the sitcom television series was mentioned for “glamorizing sex while hardly mentioning its downsides, such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.”

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, there has been a lot of debate on racism and the depiction of slavery in media.

HBO Max’s decision to pull “Gone With the Winds” from its library followed “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley’s Los Angeles Times article where he said the “film glorifies the antebellum south. It is a film that, when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color.”

Megyn Kelly Host Megyn Kelly is seen on the Fox News Channel show "The Kelly File" in New York on Sept. 23, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid