Now I don't want to be the anti porn guy. That would be hypocritical of me. And I have seen the parts of the movie that would make you seek it out in the first place. But I do think there is a line when it comes to what should be shown on public TV channels.
Porn behind a decoder, sure. But on a channel that my little nephew can tun into at any moment, no thank you. The problem with this day and age is that there is no room for any opinion that is neither conservative nor liberal. No matter what you say you are always put into one corner or the other.
I agree with the conservatives that this movie should not be shown on TV.
I agree with the liberals who say there should not be censorship, period.
I don't agree with the conservatives view that all porn is evil and there should be laws against showing porn on TV.
I also don't agree with the liberal view that showing this on TV is some sort of breakthrough. And that there is nothing wrong with showing it on TV.
Art should not be censored. Having a law against the showing of porn could possible stop any movie with sexual content to be disallowed to be shown on TV.
Movies like Baise Moi and Ken Park , while not great in my opinion, should have the possibility of being show on TV so more people can make up their minds about them. But Deep throat?
I mean it's pretty much impossible to make a distinction between what is art and what is not. It would be dangerous to even attempt to make a law or declaration of what would make a movie that happens to have hard core scenes and what makes hard core porn.
The percentage of the movie that has hard core scenes? Sure that could cover your basses. But then the question rises, what percentage would be art and what percentage would be porn? That could be an endless discussion.
Not to mention what if someone makes the equivalent on 2001 a space Odyssey. Except it happens to have people having graphic sex for most of the movie. It wins 12 Oscars and is considered one of the best movies of all time. But can't be show on TV. Yeah I know it's a long shot. But you never know.
The showing of genitals? Sure,.except there are a ton of great movies that have some flashes of those. I would hate to see Trainspotting cut up before it comes on TV here.
With any art form there are way too many variables to allow censorship of any kind without effecting some of the best or future works in the medium.
So then why am I against this movie being shown on TV? Because there is no good reason to do it.You want to have a "breakthrough"by showing hard core sex scenes on TV? There are plenty of other movies to choose from.
You want to shock people? With 70's porn, really? This is the Internet age. People can find all the **** in a cup and eat it videos they want. I highy doubt 70's porn will shock anyone apart from grandma's these days
Cultural relevance? Give me a break. Sure it caused a riot when it came out back in the 70's. But so did Life of Brian. I just think there are much better movies out there that could cause the same kind of commotion that the showing of Deep throat is causing now.
They could for instance show the danish animated movie Princess. Sure it doesn't have any actual hard core sex scenes in it. But in a lot of ways it's the most disturbing movie I have ever seen. I'm 100% sure that if they would have shown this movie and talked it up as much as they have with Deep throat it would have had people talking about it for ages.But no. They decide to show an outdated porn movie, just for shock value.
I'm sorry if I don't see the cultural value or progress that showing this movie should give. And the shock value is laughable at best. All I see is the potential of my little nephew turning on the TV and seeing something he didn't ever consider wanting to see. I don't want this move shown on public TV, not because I believe in censorship, but because I believe in common, beeping, sense.