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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 04, 2009 7:30 AM

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The controversial Antichrist

I am the executive director of the Bijou and wish to expand upon our reasons for programming Lars von Trier’s Antichrist in our fall program, because there has been some controversy over this film and our choices. Our board was indeed torn on this issue.

While the movie has been publicly condemned for its violent depiction of human sexuality and graphic displays of sexualized violence toward women, we have decided to program it, and we will screening it today through Dec. 10. While many of us at the Bijou feel that von Trier’s film is perhaps in bad taste, nobody on our board wishes to play the role of the censor. For that reason alone, we submit to the campus community a complicated cinematic work so that they might be the judge of what is “too far.”

With that written, I must also include a warning: This new film is not for the faint of heart, and if you do feel that you may become offended at extreme graphic violence, I would urge you to reconsider before taking a seat in our audience. I hope this notice has been clarifying if nothing else.

Evan Meaney
Bijou executive director

In defense of the bars

The City Council must halt its attack on Iowa City nightlife.

I have been following the Summit’s court case through The Daily Iowan closely, and I find the Iowa City City Council to be bullying one of its biggest tax contributors. Denying a bar’s liquor license does not solve the underage drinking problem. The consequences of removing the Summit, and bars similar it, has unrealized ramifications. The space that it occupies is extremely expensive and demands a high-revenue business. If the council thinks that seeing bar after bar downtown is an eyesore, imagine what an eyesore “for rent” signs will be.

I realize that the council and the students here at the University of Iowa have very different interests about what an ideal downtown could be composed of. The council needs to realize that there are 26,000 students here between the ages of 18-22, and their interests are a vibrant social life and places open until 2 a.m., not quaint coffee shops and independent bookstores. The bars and the city have a symbiotic relationship. All their tax revenue goes towards clean streets, a beautiful campus, and police and firefighters. This game of cat and mouse must end.

Charles Francis
UI sophomore


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