Megyn Kelly roasts HBO for dropping ‘Gone with the Wind’: ‘Where does this end??’

HBO’s decision to remove the classic 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” from its streaming service amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd is prompting outrage from some journalists, including former Fox News and NBC News host Megyn Kelly.

“Are we going to pull all of the movies in which women are treated as sex objects too? Guess how many films we’ll have left? Where does this end??” Kelly wrote to her 2.4 million followers on Twitter.

“OK @hbomax – let’s do this – every episode of ‘Friends’ needs to go right now. If not, you hate women (& LGBTQ ppl, who also don’t fare well on ‘Friends’). Obviously Game of Thrones has to go right now,” Kelly added. “Anything by John Hughes … Woody Allen… could go on & on… & on…& on…”

“Game of Thrones,” which was HBO’s most-watched series of all time, ended its run last year and featured predominantly white characters.

Hughes, who passed away in 2009, has been criticized for sexism in his run of 80s teen hits, including “Sixteen Candles,” and Woody Allen’s films have also been called sexist by left-leaning critics.

HBO added that “Gone with the Wind” would return to its streaming catalog at some point along with a “discussion of its historical context.”

Other media members also weighed in on the controversy.

“Gone With the Wind” won 10 Academy Awards, including best picture and best director. Vivien Leigh won best actress and Hattie McDaniel captured best supporting actress, becoming the first African American woman to do so.

The film is the highest-grossing of all time when adjusted for inflation, raking in more than $3.3 billion, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The decision to remove “Gone with the Wind” comes as the long-running reality TV series “Cops” was pulled by Paramount TV after 33 years on the air.

Nationwide protests broke out after video surfaced of a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes during an arrest as the unarmed black man said he could not breathe. The officer and three others have been fired and face charges.

—This report was updated at 10:16 a.m.

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