June 28, 2015 11:00 am -


GONE WITH THE WIND, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, 1939

GONE WITH THE WIND, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, 1939

A Lou Lumenick column in the New York Post made paranoid people even more paranoid with no justification whatsoever.

As of 9 a.m. Friday, “Gone With the Wind” was the overall best-selling Blu-ray feature film on Amazon’s US website…

It seems a lot of people who ran to Amazon’s virtual store are actually afraid that the film will be banned or pulled from circulation due to my column…

So here it goes again: I stopped very well short of calling for a ban in my column posted on The Post’s website Wednesday, which also appeared on the cover of Thursday’s paper. I do not believe in censorship, even for the more blatantly racist “Birth of a Nation.” By arguing that “GWTW” may be more appropriate to see in museums than in multiplexes, I was trying to encourage readers to examine the Oscar-winning film’s ideas — the offensively sympathetic portrayal of slavery and enshrining the falsehood that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery — in the wake of the Charleston church slaughter…

But that didn’t stop the hard-right site Breitbart from painting me as a politically correct, censorship-advocating, flaming socialist fanatic, complete with an inflammatory still of a book-burning scene from the film version of “Fahrenheit 451.” This sensationalized spin on my position was picked up by more reputable outlets like the Guardian and the Wrap. And voilà — there was, suddenly, a growing panic in America about the possibility of “Gone With the Wind” going, well, with the wind.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.