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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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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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To: spetznaz

Not that movie screen in your cranium :D


21 posted on 04/08/2006 3:36:23 PM PDT by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

As someone here who's actually seen the film, the reason it was inappropriate was the amount of FEMALE nudity in it...


22 posted on 04/08/2006 3:53:49 PM PDT by hunter112 (Total victory at home and in the Middle East!)
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To: Roscoe Karns
OoooooooooooooKAY!
23 posted on 04/08/2006 4:00:23 PM PDT by null and void (We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle)
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To: hunter112

That makes two people I know who've seen it.

The other one is a lesbian. Go figure...


24 posted on 04/08/2006 4:03:11 PM PDT by null and void (We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle)
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To: Roscoe Karns

You are SO bad. When's the film being released? I might just have to see the sequel.


25 posted on 04/08/2006 4:09:33 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (HEY - Billy Joe! You ARE an American Idiot!)
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To: Roscoe Karns

I particularly like the "screenplay by Howard Stern" part.


26 posted on 04/08/2006 4:11:37 PM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is to conservatism what Howard Dean is to liberalism)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Bad idea. The fellas don't really need any more encouragement.
27 posted on 04/08/2006 4:17:12 PM PDT by RichInOC ("I'm'onna make yew squeal lahk a pig, boy. C'mon...squeal now...WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!")
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To: null and void
Well, I'm not a lesbian, or gay, I saw this with my girlfriend when I was visiting her in NY. I've already decided what my sexual orientation is, and I wanted to evaluate the film for myself.

I predict that a lot more people are going to see the film in the DVD version, there were a lot of places that you couldn't find it, and there are probably a lot of people who wouldn't walk into a theater in their towns, but the anonymity of NetFlix will give them an opportunity to make up their own minds about it.

28 posted on 04/08/2006 4:20:26 PM PDT by hunter112 (Total victory at home and in the Middle East!)
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To: Roscoe Karns

...and introducing a warm crock of SueBee honey.


29 posted on 04/08/2006 4:22:11 PM PDT by RichInOC (Don LaFontaine: "Rated R..." John Leader: "...Under 17 not admitted without parent.")
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To: hunter112
She said the scenery was stunning, and the ending was very sad. Over all she liked it. Only one other person in the theater (matinee showing).

What was your experience?
30 posted on 04/08/2006 4:27:33 PM PDT by null and void (We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle)
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To: MinorityRepublican

So the subject matter -- two guys alone for a long time with no women start having sex with each other after one rapes/violently seduces (?!) the other -- that's not at issue in a prison facility?


31 posted on 04/08/2006 4:37:15 PM PDT by dangus
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To: null and void
It was indeed stunning scenery, the oohs and ahhs in the theater were most evident when sweeping landscapes were shown. Of course, this was about half an hour out of NYC, and I would imagine that such sights were not too commonplace for most of the moviegoers in that location. I told my girlfriend that I could take her to places that looked like that out here in the Northwest, and indeed, on her visit here, we went to the Oregon Coast to see the incredible vistas.

Yes, the ending was very sad. I guess the "message" of the movie is that you should go out and do what you need to do to be happy, rather than pretend that something else will make you happy. I suppose that Hollywood glommed on to this film as a counter to the political support that anti-gay marriage initiatives have received in the states where they've been on the ballot.

As a live and let live person, I can see their point. The problem comes with deciding what crosses the line between asking to be left alone, and shoving things down someone else's throat. I know a lot of my fellow Freepers think this film crosses that line, but I didn't see it that way.

32 posted on 04/08/2006 4:42:40 PM PDT by hunter112 (Total victory at home and in the Middle East!)
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To: Roscoe Karns
OK. So it’s like time to wake up and smell the java guys!

Just how many real life lesbians do you know who look like Jessica Alba or Halle Berry?

And no matter what they look like, if they are into each other, that probably means they are not into you no matter what you’d like to think!

Hell if I could find an attractive chick, gainfully employed, great between the sheets, handy around the house, would take out the trash and liked to shop; what would I possibly need from any of you guys?

And just why are guys all a twitter about two chicks getting it on but not two guys – “that’s just plain disgusting”.

I think you are being intellectually and morally dishonest – not that there’s anything wrong with that – just an observation.

And speaking as a chick – I don’t get any thrill from seeing two guys getting into to each other.

Are we really from Venus and you from Mars after all?
33 posted on 04/08/2006 4:46:20 PM PDT by Caramelgal (I don't have a tag line.... I am a tag line. So tag, you are it.)
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To: hunter112
The problem comes with deciding what crosses the line between asking to be left alone, and shoving things down someone else's throat. I know a lot of my fellow Freepers think this film crosses that line, but I didn't see it that way.

Me neither. Did anyone hold a gun to your head and make you see it? I think not!

I don't have any plans to see it, nor do I much care if anyone else sees it. Not any of my business, really.

Thanks for the review. From what my friend said it sounded like a chick flick, not my favorite genre.

34 posted on 04/08/2006 4:54:49 PM PDT by null and void (We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle)
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To: DBeers

List time. Just what incarcerated men need to see.

Why should prisoners see any movies at all, unless perhaps religious ones that will help them towards repentence?


35 posted on 04/08/2006 5:01:30 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Tolerating evil IS evil.)
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To: hunter112

All joking aside, I am also a “live and let live” sort of person, distancing my self somewhat from some, but not all Freepers. I subscribe to "To thine own self, be true". As long as that causes no harm to myself or others.

I haven’t seen the movie yet but haven’t counted out seeing it either. It sounds to me that it’s a technically and visually well-made film with a compelling story line despite the “squirm factor”.

One does not have to like or agree with the choices a character in a novel or movie makes for that story to be thought provoking or a well told story.

In the last year, I re-read Tolstoy’s classic, Anna Karenina. I did not find much sympathy for the title character; she was self indulgent, self-obsessed and somewhat delusional. But her character was the novel’s focal point and moved the story line and other characters forward and served as a contrast for a life well lived.

The character of Levin is really the novel’s moral voice, often overlooked, as Anna’s tragic fate is so much more compelling to most readers.


36 posted on 04/08/2006 5:13:35 PM PDT by Caramelgal (I don't have a tag line.... I am a tag line. So tag, you are it.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

"(Prison: Sex scenes made film inappropriate)"

Not just for inmates but anyone other than homos. It should be rated F: scenes that depict fags having ..er sex? ..Perversion would be a better term.


37 posted on 04/08/2006 7:12:14 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (Fixing leaks: 1. Stop leak 2. Mop up mess. 3. Prevent future leaks.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

http://www.starz.com/features/brokebackmountain/


38 posted on 04/08/2006 7:50:49 PM PDT by justche (www.SoHelpMeGod.com - OPERATION THANK YOU! Check it out~)
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To: Caramelgal
Just how many real life lesbians do you know who look like Jessica Alba or Halle Berry?

And no matter what they look like, if they are into each other, that probably means they are not into you no matter what you’d like to think!

I've known a few bisexual women who looked that good -- well almost, but this was without airbrushing.... Unfortunately, my wife wasn't interested, so it wasn't up close and personal....

And speaking as a chick – I don’t get any thrill from seeing two guys getting into to each other.

My wife does.... Mind you, she sometimes reverses the joke and claims she's really a gay man trapped in a woman's body.... When she gets on that riff, I make sure I sleep on my back! 8>)

39 posted on 04/08/2006 7:59:11 PM PDT by Celtjew Libertarian
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To: Caramelgal
Just how many real life lesbians do you know who look like Jessica Alba or Halle Berry?

Are Jessica and Halle straight? Does anyone care? It was joke, not a social experiment.

And no matter what they look like, if they are into each other, that probably means they are not into you no matter what you’d like to think!

What who would like to think? Grab a towell and wipe off the stereotyping attitude, will ya?

Hell if I could find an attractive chick, gainfully employed, great between the sheets, handy around the house, would take out the trash and liked to shop; what would I possibly need from any of you guys?

You're sharing too much. What in the world makes you think any of "us guys" wants to give you any in the 1st place?

And just why are guys all a twitter about two chicks getting it on but not two guys – “that’s just plain disgusting”.

It's just plain disgusting.

I think you are being intellectually and morally dishonest – not that there’s anything wrong with that – just an observation

I do believe you don't think there's anything wrong with being intellectually and morally dishonest.

Are we really from Venus and you from Mars after all

Have you took a count on that "we" part? I think you may be one your own here - not that there's anything wrong with that.

40 posted on 04/08/2006 8:12:06 PM PDT by 4woodenboats (The GOP was created by those opposed to Southern Democrat Plantation Slavery...)
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To: Celtjew Libertarian

Too much information....


41 posted on 04/08/2006 8:19:26 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Got freedom? Thank a veteran.)
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To: Albion Wilde

My wife has been on forums that are politically and sexually eclectic and picked up the nickname of "The Queen of TMI." So my sensitivities aren't as sensitive as maybe they once were and should be. 8>)


42 posted on 04/08/2006 8:22:33 PM PDT by Celtjew Libertarian
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To: Celtjew Libertarian

LOL! Had to Google TMI... duh!!!


43 posted on 04/08/2006 8:31:24 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Got freedom? Thank a veteran.)
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To: hunter112
Well, I'm not a lesbian, or gay

Not that there is anything relevant with that prefaced pronouncement. LOL

You seem quite discerning regarding movies -what about vocabulary and word usage? Your use of the "lesbian" and "gay" terms to refer to males and females suffering the homosexual disorder does imply you have perhaps unwittingly bought into the homosexual agenda propaganda party line hook line and sinker.

homosexual: Definition, Synonyms and Much More From Answers.com

homosexual


adjective

Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.

noun Usage Problem.

A homosexual person; a gay man or a lesbian.

USAGE NOTE: Many people now avoid using homosexual because of the emphasis this term places on sexuality. Indeed, the words gay and lesbian, which stress cultural and social matters over sex, are frequently better choices. Homosexual is most objectionable when used as a noun; here gay man and gay woman or lesbian and their plural forms are called for. It is generally unobjectionable when used adjectivally, as in a homosexual relationship, although gay, lesbian, or same-sex are also available for adjectival use. See Usage Notes at gay.

As far as I know the only thing that differentiates homosexuals from heterosexuals is SEX.

Can provide insight beyond more than touting this 'gay' movie and educate me on just what comprises the "cultural and social" differences which are exclusive to and encompass male and or female homosexuals?

In other words -is there something fundamental that I am not aware of premising the terms 'gay' & lesbian' OR is it simply as I suspect a leftist "usage suggestion" -propaganda parroted by both witting and unwitting tools of the left?

45 posted on 04/08/2006 8:50:50 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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What can one say -finally, Brokeback has a captive audience! - ROTFLMAO

46 posted on 04/08/2006 8:54:32 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: little jeremiah

thanks for the ping!


47 posted on 04/08/2006 8:59:14 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: Travis McGee

LOL....sometimes comedy defies life


48 posted on 04/08/2006 9:41:10 PM PDT by wardaddy ("I believe it is peace for our time... go home and get a nice quiet sleep")
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To: marajade

Most prisons (Federal anyhoo) don't ban anything but X...movies...not material


49 posted on 04/08/2006 9:42:32 PM PDT by wardaddy ("I believe it is peace for our time... go home and get a nice quiet sleep")
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To: Roscoe Karns

By God man please tell me that is a real movie.


50 posted on 04/09/2006 12:59:54 AM PDT by Screamname (Pray for me, Hillary is my Senator.)
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