One of the black actresses in the film, Butterfly McQueen, was quoted as saying in an obituary in Jet magazine: “I didn’t mind playing a maid the first time, because I thought that was how you got into the business.
“But after I did the same thing over and over, I resented it. I didn’t mind being funny, but I didn’t like being stupid.”
McQueen was typecast as being a maid after her work in the film, as was her co-star Hattie McDaniel, though McDaniel won an Oscar for her efforts.
Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Academy Award, but was racially segregated from her co-stars at the awards ceremony, meaning she and her escort were made to sit at a separate table at the back of the room.
McDaniel had a different take on the controversy, however, and was reportedly quoted as saying: “Why should I complain about making $700 a week playing a maid?