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Conflicting thoughts about censorship

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  1. Richard

    Boy, the Clean Flicks one is a tough one for me to take, honestly. The problem, from the perspective of a writer, is that the work is a whole. Sure, it’s been edited, discussed, touched up and worked over but at the end of the process, you have a work that the creator agreed was “right.” To edit out parts of movies is, in my opinion, sticky. The creator of that artistic vision had a whole in mind and to cut away parts simply for the purpose of removing the objectionable is something I have a hard time with. I admire the intent of the folks trying to provide a wider range of move options. But I have to disagree that it was an effort to punish those seen as “prudes” in this instance. The artists behind those works had a vision they wanted to execute in a certain way. To take those works and edit them and then sell them is pushing beyond a boundary I’d be comfortable with as a writer.

    I’m troubled by the redacted version of Huck Fin that is out there now as I think it keeps us from having an honest and real discussion about what those words mean now and even what they meant then. It was as Twain meant it and he knew it was a hateful word. Through his work as a writer, he also leaves the reader clearly understanding that. I hate that so many people are hung up on the word and not the greater meaning of its use within context.

    Some good thoughts here. We need more discussion and less yelling about topics like this.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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