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Bahamas Ban on 'Brokeback Mountain' Draws Protest (Nassau Guardian)
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Posted by:Apr 5th 2006, 11:02:15 am
I was just looking at the following website which is an Australian website and there was an article re the current issue of homophobia in the Bahamas. Its not exactly a good tourist drive. We are in the 21st century now, people have the right to watch what they want.
Posted by:Apr 2nd 2006, 08:34:48 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFrom

The bad decision to ban the showing of the movie Brokeback Mountain, has brought bad press overseas. The Ministry of Tourism must be aghast at this. Their view is we have to make up our minds whether we are a mature tourist destination or we are going to live in the dark ages. We welcome all law abiding citizens without distinction. Some Hollywood studios have already indicated that this is not now as a result of this their destination of choice for making films which counteracts all the work that the Ministry of Tourism has done to get the film makers to come here.
The bad publicity is not good for the country. Somehow the decision should be reversed. It won’t undo the damage but it would at least set the constitutional record straight that this is not a country bigots. The little known Plays and Films Control Board indicated that the ban has the support of the Government. It is important to note in law that this decision was made by an independent Board not by the Government. No such decision has come before the Government, at least none that has been publicly announced.
The Plays and Films Control Board is in fact an anachronism since movie houses are not in the main where people go to watch the things. The result of the “ban” was to see a rise in private DVD sales of the movie. If you go to any hotel in the country and press the menu button, you can get it on your screens. If they had allowed the movie to be shown, it would have probably passed quietly and those who did not want to see it would not.
Posted by:Apr 2nd 2006, 06:54:08 pm
yazoomoonThis is most disappointing....and have removed all doubt!That,"WE ARE A HOMOPHOBIC NATION"!
Posted by:Apr 2nd 2006, 06:02:17 pm
Fig Tree News TeamBahamas ban on 'Brokeback Mountain' draws protests

By PACO NUNEZ, Associated Press

NASSAU, Bahamas – A Bahamian government board's decision to ban the movie "Brokeback Mountain" has prompted charges of discrimination and censorship in the island chain.

Gay rights groups and others have called on the Plays and Films Control Board to reverse its decision prohibiting theaters from showing the award-winning movie about a troubled love affair between two cowboys.

"You have a group of people who are telling grown men and women what they can and cannot watch," said Philip Burrows, a theater director in the island chain. "I cannot understand denying people the right to make their own choices." Theaters in Nassau, the capital, had already begun to advertise the movie Friday when the board announced its ban at the request of the Bahamas Christian Council.

"The board chose to ban it because it shows extreme homosexuality, nudity and profanity, and we feel that it has no value for the Bahamian public," Chavasse Turnquest-Liriano, liaison officer for the control board, said Wednesday.

The Rainbow Alliance, a gay rights group, called the ban a "farce," and said most Bahamians reject the idea that a "small group of appointed individuals ... can provide the moral compass for the entire country." Some have suggested the board could have simply issued a rating that would have barred anyone under 18 from seeing the film. Critics also noted that even some countries where homosexuality is illegal have allowed the movie to be shown in theaters.

"This is not a movie to be banned. This is not a subject to be censored," said Bahamas resident Liz Roberts, who has worked in film production. "It is a subject to be aired, a subject to be confronted openly."

"Brokeback Mountain," which won critical acclaim and three Oscars, including best director for Ang Lee, has also been banned in mainland China. Turkey has restricted viewing to viewers over 18.

(Sources for this story include the Reuters News Service and the Los Angeles Times.)

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