By David Poland email@example.com
Outrageous Censorship At A PBS Station
It’s ironic that I started the day today discussing the many media outlets focusing on penises in movies this week. And yes, Kinsey does included penises and homosexuality and omnisexuality and a very strong message about the power of love and the support of a family.
But now, WNET in New York City has rejected interstitial advertising from the film, their representative saying, "WNET executives found the ‘Kinsey’ spot "too commercial and too provocative."
There have been shows of media conservatism and fear of the FCC lately and most of them have left me shrugging my shoulders. Even the Monday Night Football/Desperate Housewives non-event last week has been played in full on show after show after show with no further threats. Comedy Central continues to air the uncut South Park: Longer, Bigger & Uncut occasionally as well as the "How many times can we say shit?" episode of the show… no threats. Things tighten up every once in a while, whatever the administration. It seems like minutes ago when the Reagan Administration was going to end pornography forever with the idiotic Meese Commission… nope.
But this… New York City… PBS, the first network to air nudity and language, long before NYPD Blue… a message approved by the MPAA tight asses…
I find this very disturbing, much the way I find it far more disturbing when the NY Times makes a bad call than when some smaller paper does… some things should be more sacred than others. And freedom of speech in New York City, even after the sanitizing of Times Square, is one of those.
If you agree, please make your voice heard…
And you can read the full AP story here