Re: RARA-AVIS: Movie Industry Wimps?

Mark Sullivan (
Wed, 29 Jul 1998 23:59:14 -0400 (EDT) Actually, I would define wimping out as rushing to censor yourself,
either by blacklisting alleged or past or even present Communists or by
recutting your movies to please an industry board, simply because a few
government officials threaten they might step in, instead of standing up
and testing if film has the same first ammendment protections as the
printed word. Granted, I'm oversimplifying the impact of state censor
boards, but they weren't placated by the Production Code, anyway. Many
states imposed further cuts. So not only is self-censorship wussing
out, it didn't even achieve what it set out to do. And to make this
whole argument relate to the list, without the code Postman would have
been made over a decade earlier.


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