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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 11, 2010 7:30 AM

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Porn movie is a free-speech issue

As a former Bijou board member, I can assure you that great deliberation, discussion, and voting goes into the selection of its programming. The Bijou, located in the IMU, is by definition “the student-run cinema of the University of Iowa.” Never before has there been any interference or censoring of films.

Typically, films are monster, new-age, musical, religious, spiritual, foreign-language, or limited-release, including locally produced films. Around once a year, Bijou shows a “light porno,” usually selected to be more hysterical than erotic. Films have included Deep Throat and Behind the Green Door. With zero complaints.

Bijou is designed to provide cinema education and diversity. Occasional fringe films are part of this balanced educational media mix and are a beneficial educational experience.

Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for Student Services, was totally out of line in canceling Disco Dolls in Hot Skin.

If he watched it, there is more slap-stick silliness than bedroom bawdiness. In any case, this is a restriction of free speech and cannot be tolerated — by the students, the university, or the community.

Tim Taffe
former Bijou board member


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