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Snippet of 'Brokeback Moutain' shown in high school film class (KY)
WKYT TV 27 & WYMT TV 57 Mountain News (KY) ^ | May. 18, 2006 | Associated Press

Posted on 05/18/2006 12:28:59 PM PDT by DBeers

Snippet of 'Brokeback Moutain' shown in high school film class

CANNONSBURG, Ky. -- An English teacher at an eastern Kentucky school hampered by division over gay issues showed a short snippet of "Brokeback Mountain" to her students in a class.

About 2 1/2 minutes of the film was shown last week in a senior cinematography class at Boyd County High School, Superintendent Howard K. Osborne said Thursday.

The brief showing of the film, which centers on the sexual relationship between two male sheepherders, upset at least one parent who had a student in the class. Nothing with sexual content was shown.

Osborne said "Brokeback Mountain" won't be shown again at the school. He declined to say if any action was taken against the teacher who showed the film.

"We've had an investigative inquiry and we've taken appropriate action," Osborne said. He declined to comment further, calling it a "personnel matter."

Osborne said there have been few complaints from parents over the showing of the film, which has been noted by critics for its rich photography. Director Ang Lee won the Oscar this year for best director.

Students in Boyd County have been divided in recent years over gay issues since a group of students petitioned to form a gay awareness club at the high school in 2002. A lawsuit ensued and the school district later settled. The agreement called for anti-harassment training for all staff and students.

Kelley Smith said she was upset the film was shown at all.

"This is a really bad time for all this to have happened," said Smith, whose 17-year-old son, Chris, was in the class. "If she wanted to show it in class she should have gotten parents permission and if some students wanted to see it, it should have been their choice."


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1 posted on 05/18/2006 12:29:03 PM PDT by DBeers
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To: DBeers
What was in the clip that was actually shown? A sunset to demonstrate cinematography?
2 posted on 05/18/2006 12:31:00 PM PDT by Borges
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To: DBeers

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Osborne said there have been few complaints from parents over the showing of the film, which has been noted by critics for its rich photography. Director Ang Lee won the Oscar this year for best director.

4 posted on 05/18/2006 12:33:58 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: DBeers
More and more, the agenda activists are deliberately pushing their agenda in conservative areas, and with the help of the ACLU, suing school districts who refuse to comply.

THIS is why we need to get "special rights" out of our laws. ALL of them. And yes, including the upcoming bill for a Marriage Amendment!
5 posted on 05/18/2006 12:34:07 PM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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To: DBeers

CUT! PRINT! GAY!


6 posted on 05/18/2006 12:34:33 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (If you build it, they won't come...)
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To: DBeers

This is why we homeschool.


7 posted on 05/18/2006 12:34:41 PM PDT by Paine's Ghost
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To: Borges
What was in the clip that was actually shown? A sunset to demonstrate cinematography?

Exactly. The reporter failed to do his job by not giving more details. What was the topic they were studying? What was shown? Why was it shown? Was there another film, without the controversy, that could have been used? Why this particular film? Did the teacher, knowing the film's controversy, consult the principal before hand and if so was if approved, or if the principal wasn't consulted then why not?

8 posted on 05/18/2006 12:38:36 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Borges
What was in the clip that was actually shown? A sunset to demonstrate cinematography?

I do not know. I can assume based upon experience with the MSM that when such details are "ommited" they usually do not serve the purpose of the reporters agenda...

9 posted on 05/18/2006 12:39:37 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: DBeers

I would also like to know what specific 2 1/2 minute segment was shown. I have not seen the movie, but I suppose its possible that there is a 2 1/2 minute stint that is cinemagraphically fantatstic but has nothing to do with homosexuality.


10 posted on 05/18/2006 12:39:45 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: DBeers
He declined to say if any action was taken against the teacher who showed the film.

Another big problem

11 posted on 05/18/2006 12:39:52 PM PDT by apackof2 (That Girl is a Cowboy)
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To: DBeers

Well it does say that 'nothing with sexual content was shown.'


12 posted on 05/18/2006 12:40:14 PM PDT by Borges
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To: DBeers

"a group of students petitioned to form a gay awareness club"

Was there anyone out there who was not aware of gays? This needed a club?


13 posted on 05/18/2006 12:40:56 PM PDT by exile (Exile - Now with 20% more funkiness.)
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To: apackof2

"I can't stop teaching you!"


14 posted on 05/18/2006 12:41:18 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: DBeers
Osborne said there have been few complaints from parents over the showing of the film, which has been noted by critics for its rich photography.

Well, the Discovery Channel has rich photography, so somehow I don't think that was it.

15 posted on 05/18/2006 12:42:03 PM PDT by Always Right
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Scene 123: Take 2!

Scene 123: Take 3!

Scene 123: Take 4!

CUT!!! wtf?
16 posted on 05/18/2006 12:42:11 PM PDT by evets (God bless president George W. Bush!)
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To: DBeers
I can assume based upon experience with the MSM that when such details are "ommited" they usually do not serve the purpose of the reporters agenda...

I agree 100%. If the teacher had shown any questionable scenes, or any scenes the reporter thought people would find shocking, you can be sure they would be detailed in the article.

17 posted on 05/18/2006 12:43:45 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: DBeers

It seems each day brings news of our disintegrating culture! I was very fortunate in knowing the person who heads our town's main supermarket and prevailed upon him to remove "Brokeback Mountain" from the movie rental shelves. It is a real war these days!


18 posted on 05/18/2006 12:46:57 PM PDT by righteousindignation
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To: Borges

"What was in the clip that was actually shown? A sunset to demonstrate cinematography?"

Even if it was, it manipulatets the kids in to wanting to see more of that particular movie. I'm sure that if the focus was on sunsets in cinematography there are other sunsets in other movies which would've served the purpose.

Home schooling kids and taking away the per-student stipend to schools is a good way to drive change.


19 posted on 05/18/2006 12:50:42 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: righteousindignation
I haven't seen BM and don't' want to but wouldn't presume to try to prevent other adults from seeing it.
20 posted on 05/18/2006 12:50:54 PM PDT by Borges
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To: MayflowerMadam

I just wish there was more context in this story. When I was in High school we watched 'The Godfather' in film study. That would probably draw complaints today.


21 posted on 05/18/2006 12:52:41 PM PDT by Borges
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To: DBeers
...between two male sheepherders

At least they stopped calling them "cowboys".

22 posted on 05/18/2006 12:53:54 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Borges
When I was in High school we watched 'The Godfather' in film study. That would probably draw complaints today.

Godfather is rated R which means no one under 17 without parent or guardian is admitted to view the film.

Were all the students 17 or more? If not were their parent or guardian informed to make the decision if they could see the film in the class?

23 posted on 05/18/2006 12:55:09 PM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: battlegearboat
No "I wish I could QUIT teaching you"

LOL

24 posted on 05/18/2006 12:56:51 PM PDT by apackof2 (That Girl is a Cowboy)
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To: evets
UGH!!!!!!

Did you have to post that?!!

25 posted on 05/18/2006 12:57:19 PM PDT by apackof2 (That Girl is a Cowboy)
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To: tallhappy

I don't believe they asked permission no. It was a unit on the 'Gangster Film'...starting with the 1930s Jimmy Cagney stuff and going forwards to The Godfather, Chinatown... It's really no more violent as a movie then a lot of Shakespeare is. Movies just don't have the same reverence in the culture that books do.


26 posted on 05/18/2006 12:57:45 PM PDT by Borges
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To: WayneM
From KY... Home of KY Jelly

Now *that's* funny.

27 posted on 05/18/2006 12:58:14 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: apackof2

Ditto! True barf alert!


28 posted on 05/18/2006 12:58:50 PM PDT by Sterm26 (Death before Dhimmitude!)
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To: DBeers
"I ain't queer, you know."

"Me, neither."

29 posted on 05/18/2006 12:58:55 PM PDT by D-Chivas
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To: Javelina

Context is the essence of life. If an article said that a teacher made students watch a scene 'of graphic torture where someone has their eyes gouged out' people would be appalled...until finding out that it was King Lear.


31 posted on 05/18/2006 1:00:32 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
The point is it is rated R.

As I recall in a High School english class I took the teacher showed us Walkabout which was R rated.

Obviously I didn't mind, but really showing R-rated films in school should not take place.

In my opinion there's no reason to show any commercial films at all -- except in a film class, but there's no reason for a film class in high school either (although I took one then).

32 posted on 05/18/2006 1:01:35 PM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Borges

How 'bout a young woman being raped, then having her tongue cut out and hands cut off so she can't tell who did it?

Also Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.


33 posted on 05/18/2006 1:03:25 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: tallhappy
Film Study is a part of English class. It's the major storytelling medium to emerge in the 20th century. You can't really ignore it.
34 posted on 05/18/2006 1:03:50 PM PDT by Borges
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>>About 2 1/2 minutes of the film was shown last week in a senior cinematography class at Boyd County High School, Superintendent Howard K. Osborne said Thursday.<<

Well it was nominated for an Oscar for cinematography so the the only question is whether they are allowed to show an non-sexual portion of an R rated movie.

We just lost a brilliabnt English teacher here in Gwinnett county for showing the movie Elizabeth to a class where all the kids were old enough to see an R-rated movie without a parent's consent.


35 posted on 05/18/2006 1:04:05 PM PDT by gondramB (He who angers you, in part, controls you. But he may not enjoy what the rest of you does about it.)
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To: Personal Responsibility

I see it a different way. Newsrooms are typically loaded with homosexuals and homosexual supporters. Protecting the homosexual agenda is more important than titillating the public with lurid details.

I would guess the clip showed the two main characters kissing. If I'm right, providing this detail would inflame the general public and that's not what the homosexual agendists want. They want to gradually and quietly push their agenda.


36 posted on 05/18/2006 1:10:36 PM PDT by MSM Hater (Shame on Senators DeRino and VRinovich!)
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To: gondramB

Th AP claims it was a "2 1/2 minute clip"............funny how our local paper here in Boyd County (The Daily Independent) had this about the "clip": "Teacher Ann Qualls showed about the first 15 to 20 minutes of the Oscar-wining movie..................".

Wonder how they got the 2 1/2 minute thing?


37 posted on 05/18/2006 1:11:02 PM PDT by ukwildcats
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Oh........and the Supt. (Osborne) stated it was "15 to 20 minutes" to our local paper, but suddenly the AP has him quoted as 2 1/2.

Mmmmmmmmm.


38 posted on 05/18/2006 1:12:52 PM PDT by ukwildcats
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To: DBeers

This is the way it goes, starts with a snippet, then a stripling and then finally, the whole "sparkling bright bass."


39 posted on 05/18/2006 1:18:08 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: DBeers

We watched Romeo & Juliet in Jr. High....that guy was soooo HOT!


40 posted on 05/18/2006 1:21:36 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: ukwildcats

>Th AP claims it was a "2 1/2 minute clip"............funny how our local paper here in Boyd County (The Daily Independent) had this about the "clip": "Teacher Ann Qualls showed about the first 15 to 20 minutes of the Oscar-wining movie..................".

Wonder how they got the 2 1/2 minute thing?<<

I have no idea what was in the first 15 minutes. I know when i taught high school they let me teach Clockwork Orange but I didn't even consider showing the movie.


41 posted on 05/18/2006 1:24:23 PM PDT by gondramB (He who angers you, in part, controls you. But he may not enjoy what the rest of you does about it.)
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To: Paine's Ghost
I understand why you homeschool. But you can't take comfort in that anymore. The ACLU and their communist fellow travelers will come after you too in time. Once they have converted the public schools and closed the Catholic schools through hate speech legislation they are going to come after the homeschoolers. Don't think that this won't happen. They already are planning their assault.
42 posted on 05/18/2006 1:27:37 PM PDT by kjo
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Well it was nominated for an Oscar for cinematography ...

The question is: Did it deserve that Oscar? I suspect that it was just inflating the movie (especially since the Academy didn't give it best picture) so that it could forever be called "an Oscar winning movie." Nor do I feel that "will & Grace" deserved as many Emmies as the show received during its tenure.

43 posted on 05/18/2006 1:27:53 PM PDT by Ruth A. (we might as well fight in the first ditch as the last)
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I have to disagree here. If the clip had shown them kissing, that would have been on the front page and sold a TON of newspapers.

I can see the Brokeback High?

headline now. No, they may want to push the agenda slowly, but they want to sell papers more than anything. And a lead paragraph that leads something line this is guaranteed sales.

" Blahblah High School was put in hot water today when it was reported that Cinematography teacher John Doe showed explicit scenes from last years contreversial hit Brokeback Mountain in his class yesterday. Details on page 4."

Don't you think?

44 posted on 05/18/2006 1:30:14 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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>>The question is: Did it deserve that Oscar? I suspect that it was just inflating the movie (especially since the Academy didn't give it best picture) so that it could forever be called "an Oscar winning movie." Nor do I feel that "will & Grace" deserved as many Emmies as the show received during its tenure.<<

I have no idea because I didn't want to see it - but criticizing an Oscar nominated film that didn't deserve it is also a valid cinematography class discussion.

now, Will and Grace was really funny the first few years but plummeted down hill once she got married. I found it interesting the Will and Jack were once the same character but they split the character into two parts with Jack played by a gay actor and Will by a straight actor.
45 posted on 05/18/2006 1:31:21 PM PDT by gondramB (He who angers you, in part, controls you. But he may not enjoy what the rest of you does about it.)
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To: Javelina

No 2.5 minute clip from this film, beginning, middle, or end should be shown in a public school, any more than some snippet of any length of "Pink Flamingos" should be shown. Its an
attempt to push an agenda in the same way that a sneak-preview is shown on movie trailers, or prior to the main movie at a theatre, or as a commercial on TV.


46 posted on 05/18/2006 1:33:18 PM PDT by C210N (Bush SPYED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: gondramB

It is obvious that the esteemed AP is guilty of throwing some water on the flames by nationally reporting it was just a little two and a half minute clip, while we here know it was at least 15 minutes.

Also, one other salient point the AP has neglected to mention from the story in our paper:

"On Friday Qualls told the class some parents had complained to Supt. Howard K. Osborne and that she anticipated a possible suspension, Chris Smith (a student in her class) said. "She said she didn't give a s*** about it", he said.

Nice, huh?


47 posted on 05/18/2006 1:34:02 PM PDT by ukwildcats
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To: Javelina

Ummmmmmm.........guess who "appeared in the anti-harassment video, leading students in a roundtable discussion"?

That's right...........Ann Qualls!!!

No agenda my foot.

Don't believe me? Go to dailyindependent.com and check out the front page article.


50 posted on 05/18/2006 1:42:15 PM PDT by ukwildcats
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