Archive for May, 2005

Religious Group Wants Congress To Investigate New Gregg Araki Movie

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

A movie by highly acclaimed director Gregg Araki is under attack by a religious anti-free speech group who says they think the movie might be illegal. They want the U.S. Congress to investigate the indie art film, which tackles issue of teenage sexual abuse and homosexuality. AVN has an article on the controversy here.

Critic Ted Baehr says, “This film clearly violates the child pornography statutes written by Congress and most state legislatures. We urge authorities to take action and investigate.” Baehr holds a Ph.D. and is an attorney who worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York.

“The film, ‘Mysterious Skin,’ reaches a new low in depravity,” said Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide .

Could there be any better publicity for a film than having some anti-free speech extremist who used to work for the government calling it “a new low in depravity”? That alone should double ticket sales for the film. :)

New Bi-Partisan Group To Fight U.S. TV Censorship

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Republicans and Democrats coming together to fight for free speech? That’s what this artice from Variety says:

A new interest group in the broadcast indecency debate plans to announce its presence Wednesday by releasing results of a national survey showing that nearly 80% of Americans prefer parental responsibility over governmental regulation when it comes to protecting children from naughty programming.

TV Watch, which bills itself as “a new broadbased group building a grassroots coalition to advocate for responsibility over government intervention and educate Americans about tools to control TV content,” is entering the fray because its members believe the debate so far has been dominated by advocates of more federal regulation.

It’s about time someone started fighting on the right side of this issue. Maybe this will wake up a few of the bandwagon jumping politicians in Washington DC who have been going censorship crazy lately.

More info on this group once they officially launch later this week!