Re: Dealing with disturbing content

Julie Stump (
Wed, 27 Feb 2002 08:09:30 -0800 (PST)

Yes. We had a complaint about Requiem for a dream. A man watched it with
his 14-year old daughter and they were both shocked. My Director is still
not sure she shouldn't remove the video from the collection. We use ratings
stickers on the videos and my Director claimed that because we use the
stickers we don't support the ALA Freedom the View and would be within our
rights to remove the film from the collection. It's a very upsetting
situation. There's just no way to discuss censorship calmly and rationally,
at least in my library.
Julie Stump
Voorheesville Public Library
Voorheesville, NY
----- Original Message -----
From: "jon aubrey" <>
To: "Multiple recipients of list" <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: Dealing with disturbing content

> I've found that most patrons realize the risks and
> responsibilities in borrowing and viewing potentially
> disturbing and/or offensive video material. The few
> patrons who have ever complained to me personally
> about content have been elderly ones, not parents of
> teens or others.
> One question I do have is about films that were
> released with an NR (not rated) "rating." A good
> example of this would be Abel Ferrara's Bad
> Lieutenant, a film that's in our collection, available
> for check-out to teens who have been given permission
> to borrow videos by their parents, and not clearly
> marked as NR (and certainly not labeled by the library
> as containing potentially disturbing subject matter
> and imagery). This film went the NR route for a
> reason. Parts of it would have garnered the film an X
> rating had it ever been rated by the MPAA at all (the
> NR indicates that the film has circumvented the rating
> process altogether). No one has ever complained about
> the content of this film, but we're a very liberal
> community. After all, we did purchase the film in the
> first place. Has anyone out there ever had a problem
> with, or question about circulating an NR film?
> Jon A.
> Queens, NY
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