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'Brokeback' screening lands prison officer in hot water (Prison: Sex scenes made film inappropriate)
CNN ^ | Saturday, April 8, 2006 | Reuters

Posted on 04/08/2006 2:52:10 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

BOSTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) -- A Massachusetts correctional officer is being disciplined for showing the gay cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" to inmates at the state's largest prison because his boss determined that the film includes content inappropriate for a prison setting.

Massachusetts Department of Correction spokeswoman Diane Wiffin said Saturday that the action was not related to the critically acclaimed film's plot involving a gay love affair.

"It was not the subject matter. It was the graphic nature of sexually explicit scenes," Wiffin said.

She said the officer, whom she declined to identify, failed to follow prison guidelines that require staff who schedule films to review them in advance for excessive violence, nudity or sex, as well as scenes involving assaults on correctional staff.

The officer showed the film Thursday afternoon, two days after its American release on DVD, to inmates at a prison in Norfolk, Massachusetts, about 25 miles southwest of Boston.

Wiffin declined to discuss his punishment.

Based on Annie Proulx's short story, "Brokeback Mountain" is about two men who meet and fall in love while wrangling sheep in Wyoming in 1963. It won raves from critics and garnered three Oscars last month, including one for director Ang Lee.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
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A correctional officer was disciplined for showing prisoners "Brokeback Mountain," seen here.

1 posted on 04/08/2006 2:52:13 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican
Wouldn't "Brokeback Mountain" be deemed an instructional film in prison?
2 posted on 04/08/2006 2:54:46 PM PDT by socal_parrot (Pass)
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To: socal_parrot
They did mention staff
3 posted on 04/08/2006 2:57:09 PM PDT by soycd
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To: socal_parrot

Just what prisoners need . A picture showing queers swapping spit. Makes you want to gag.


4 posted on 04/08/2006 2:57:35 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: socal_parrot

I hear ya! I'd have figured An(al)g Lee would have visited some prisons to research his "film." This is like putting the cart before the horse.


5 posted on 04/08/2006 2:57:41 PM PDT by redlenses
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To: MinorityRepublican
Brokeback Mountain 2: "For the rest of us."

(credit: http://thirdwavedave.blogspot.com/2006/04/in-theaters-soon.html)

6 posted on 04/08/2006 2:58:51 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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Then again...it is prison. If I was going to be punished, one of the things at the top of the list would be a viewing of "Brokeback Mountain..."


7 posted on 04/08/2006 2:59:41 PM PDT by redlenses
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To: Roscoe Karns

Subtitled "The Fur Traders"??? That's the first I've noticed that line. LOL!


8 posted on 04/08/2006 3:01:27 PM PDT by Bob
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To: redlenses
Oh Buddy. Some prisoners star in Brokeback every night.
9 posted on 04/08/2006 3:03:44 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Self appointed RNC Press Secretary for Smarmy Sound Bites.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

Most every freeper guy would go see it too.


10 posted on 04/08/2006 3:10:31 PM PDT by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: Roscoe Karns
BBM2/The Fur Traders.. LOL! Now were talkin! The Oscar for best supporting actress would probably be a 3-way tie.
11 posted on 04/08/2006 3:16:26 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: MinorityRepublican
BOSTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) -- A Massachusetts correctional officer is being disciplined for showing the gay cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" to inmates at the state's largest prison because his boss determined that the film includes content inappropriate for a prison setting.

They're right; the film is inappropriate. After all, no man-on-man rape took place.

12 posted on 04/08/2006 3:17:37 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Now is the time for all good customes agents in Tiajunna to come to the aid of their stuned beebers!)
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To: cyborg
Most every freeper guy would go see it too.

You got that right! );-)

13 posted on 04/08/2006 3:18:43 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Now is the time for all good customes agents in Tiajunna to come to the aid of their stuned beebers!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I know my FR men *LOL*


14 posted on 04/08/2006 3:19:11 PM PDT by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: Roscoe Karns; dighton; Fierce Allegiance; martin_fierro; null and void; Tijeras_Slim

OMG, that does not say "The Fur Traders!"

ROTFLOL


15 posted on 04/08/2006 3:21:22 PM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: socal_parrot

Its rated R most prisons have a policy against showing R rated movies.

How did he get in with it? Doesn't their Security staff search them before they report to the unit?


16 posted on 04/08/2006 3:23:50 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: marajade
The recreation/education department in most prisons schedule movies sometimes 3 times a week but they use special lists that have been pg rated for TV viewing. Swank is one of the services. Sometimes they just go to blockbuster and havent previewed the movie and thats where they get in trouble for even showing a breast.
17 posted on 04/08/2006 3:31:05 PM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: Roscoe Karns
Let me tell you something Roscoe. I know I would TRY to stop myself, but THAT is one BrokeBack Mountain movie I would watch! Sorry to say this, but the cast list would be mighty hard to resist ....actually the two women on the cover (Halle Berry and Jessica Alba) would be more than sufficient. If only it was a real movie .........sigh .........
18 posted on 04/08/2006 3:33:53 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: cyborg

I know I'd see it several times! And then several more. And then ....


19 posted on 04/08/2006 3:35:14 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: MinorityRepublican
It's just not right to display "Brokeback Mountain" in front of hardened criminals.
20 posted on 04/08/2006 3:35:25 PM PDT by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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