by James Brizuela | published
In a strange campaign to suppress tobacco companies once again, classic films are being edited out on HBO Max Remove Cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos of any kind from its major stars. The two biggest cases of this happening are from two old western movies called McCabe and Mrs Miller And The Life and Times of Judge Roy BeanWhich you can see in the image above. We know that the war on smoking has been going on for many years, but we’ll assume that young kids aren’t actively seeking out the old Westerns they’ve seen since the 1970s.
More Twitter users also began sharing posters of movies being swapped for cigarettes, though that’s not all. One user said that there was “no rhyme or reason” to how the film’s posters were being changed. Although the old western countries mentioned above have been replaced, there are many others that have not been touched, such as two jakes The poster features star Jack Nicholson smoking prominently.
Naturally, if HBO Max was attempting to edit out all the smoke imagery, there wouldn’t be many other posters that left untouched. However, it could be that the streaming platform is slowly working to remove every single poster showing a cigarette in some way or the other. We’d say it’s a strange phenomenon, but there are a lot of weird choices at Warner Bros.
HBO Max is set to disappear in less than a year, and it’s going to be some of the new super streaming apps in Discovery+. It’s one of those weird choices being made by Warner Bros. Depending on this choice of combining apps, WBD may want to display a more family-friendly image, so editing the cigarette would be one of those steps in creating that image.
We’re only speculating about this, and we don’t know if HBO Max is editing the cigarettes to show a more family-friendly image. Quite honestly, editing out the smoke should be the last thing to worry about, as there are plenty of programs on the streaming app that feature some very adult themes. Nevertheless, smoking has become a taboo subject for much of the world, as people no longer want to die or watch others die from swallowing the harmful effects of smoking.
Editing cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos on many posters seems quite awkward, as the stars’ fingers now go off without understanding anything. It’s not as bad as Henry Cavill’s edited-out mustache, but it still looks bad enough.
We would say that there is a search for more films in which cigarettes have been edited out of movie posters, but how many such films are actually there? Smoking was widely accepted in classic movies, of course, but we don’t think there will be a huge number of classic movies on HBO Max that include the star smoking.