RE: [Videolib] Film Censorship

LeeAnne Krause (
Tue, 18 Jan 2005 17:25:29 -0500

Evil grins aside...and despite the fact that I am a blue blood stuck in
a red state, I think that R and X rated films pose a fundamental
conundrum for librarians. You don't want to restrict access in any
capricious way, but after all, we weren't the ones who gave those films
the restricted ratings. I was just interviewing a student for my
assistant position, and she asked me, what if a child asked to watch one
of our R rated films? I didn't know what to say, other than, "we've
never really had that problem." I think it would be easier as an
administrator to just say "don't collect the really racy stuff in our
library" than to have to deal with the complaints later. It' not
necessarily the best decision, but I can easily understand why someone
would go that route. Then again, if "Parenthood" and "Election" get
complaints, then at some point you just say, "whatever. Some people are
just complainers" and you just go about your business.

LeeAnne L. Krause, Manager
Educational Films Collection
University of South Carolina

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>>> 1/18/2005 3:18:16 PM >>>
I would call it discretion, more so then censorship...i.e.
female nudity, sex scenes, adultery, adult language and situations,
incest overtones and unwanted pregnancy..." ...given the fact that the
viewing was open to the general public. Rights DO carry

...but then again, maybe that's something "a guy with RED blood but
stuck in a BLUE state" WOULD say, eh Jessica...*winks at Jessica with
wicked evil grin*.

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