Re: [Videolib] Censorship from NAATA & Fox Movie Station

Tom Boghossian (tboghosn@calarts.edu)
Wed, 02 Jul 2003 08:43:55 -0700

BRAVO JESSICA
You're great!
Tom Boghossian
California Institute of the Arts

At 04:58 PM 7/1/2003 -0700, you wrote:

>Bravo, Jessica. This would be terrible censorship, if indeed it happens.
>
>Has the NAATA watched these movies before deciding to "ban them"? Sure
>doesn't sound like it.
>
>Mary Kirby
>Library Media Project
>www.librarymedia.org
>
>
>
>At 06:56 PM 7/1/03 -0400, you wrote:
>>I am sure I am opening up a BIG can of worms here but I am VERY upset
>>and sad that due a complaint from NAATA and other Asian American
>>organizations the Fox Movie Channel has abruptly cancelled showings of
>>the classic Charlie Chan films from the thirties. I think it is appalling
>>and tragic that ANY media organization would encourage censorship to the
>>extent of preventing films from being seen. What is particularly
>>upsetting is that I doubt most of these people have ever WATCHED these
>>films. While the issue of white actors playing Asian roles can be endlessly
>>debated , do we ban ALL films in which white actors play Indians, Blacks,
>>Asians , Non- Jews playing Jews etc ? In fact the Chan character IS NOT
>>the shuffling pigeon English speaking buffoon described in NAATA's letter of
>>complaint , but a well educated , well spoken HERO who always solves the
>>mystery the white police CAN'T . I realize it is not
>>my place to tell someone what is and is not a stereotype of their group but
>>I would love to know exactly WHICH films people watched to come to this
>>conclusion. The Charlie Chan films are much prized by film & mystery buffs
>>and are wonderful "B" movies that helped launch the careers of many notable
>>directors, writers & actors
>>To get these films "banned" by removing them from TV ( You can't get them
>>legally on video) is the worst kind of censorship. Should Kino stop selling
>>BROKEN BLOSSOMS or THE CHEAT since they contain respectively a white actor
>>playing a Chinese character and a stereotype of a lustful Asian. I hope they
>>plan on campaigning against the many of the films by starring Anna Mae Wong
>>& Sessue Hayakawa which often contain stereotypes for worse than Charlie
>>Chan even if the actors were Asian
>>
>>It is just inexcusable to encourage Fox or anyone to remove
>>a film that you find offensive. If they wanted Fox to do some after
>>commentary or have links to a web site explaining their position that would
>>have been an excellent way of getting their view across. This is censorship
>>pure & simple
>>
>>There is one amusing bit of irony in that the highest rated show
>>on the Fox News Channel is Bill O'Reilly who spends a LOT of time
>>attacking the "left" for their "PC" attitudes on cultural issues
>>I suggest he look in his own backyard.
>>Jessica Rosner
>>Kino International
>>333 W 39th St. 503
>>NY NY 10018
>>jrosner@kino.com
>>
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