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RE: Two revolting films from Paramount

Hi Drew and CASI subscribers

Drew, thanks for the interesting article.

The view that a film is unacceptable can be interpreted in 2 ways:
1. The film is offensive. Therefore it should be banned/stopped etc
2. The film is offensive. Therefore we should publicise that it is offensive
far and wide, without infringing on the right of people to see or distribute
the film.

There's an important distinction. Interpretation 1 is a blatant stand
against free speech, with which many people (including myself) would not
want to be associated. Interpretation 2 is fine. However, too often, when
movies are protested, the protestors fail to clarify or even understand this
distinction. Protesting a movie is VERY DANGEROUS, because it can backfire.
Doing it without clarifying the above difference in interpretation,
especially in the US, almost always results in increasing the movie's
popularity, and ridicule for the protestors. In addition, protesting movies
in the US is usually associated with religous fundamentalist right-wingers;
be aware of this stigma if you're going to protest against a movie.

The movie that Drew has described does sound offensive, though I haven't
seen it and cannot be sure. It might be worth protesting it or publicising
its racism, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE think and plan such a campaign VERY
VERY carefully. Drew, please note that I agree with the principal of what
you're saying (unless you're in favour of interpretation 1), but just
pointing out the strategic and tactical difficulties involved in protesting

Sorry to be a damp squid.


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