[wplug] new guideline for videos at gums and installfests

David Ostroske eksortso at linuxmail.org
Mon Nov 12 19:09:54 EST 2001


A family environment?

Technically, I can't remember a movie we've shown (except maybe "Dune") which wasn't R-rated. We've shown "The Matrix," we've shown "Dogma," and "Ninja Scroll" was playing last weekend. (I can remember the scene in that movie that prompted your posting. Good Lord!) 

Even if someone suggests an R-rated film a week ahead of time, how would we know if it's okay to show? Set up a WPLUG Hays Office that would only allow Barney the G-Dam Dinosaur?

So before we get into the habit of censoring ourselves, we need a yardstick to measure this sort of material against, so we can practice restraint.

There wasn't anything outright objectionable in Dogma or The Matrix, IMO. There were a few violent scenes in both, and the discourse and $#!T-talking in Dogma didn't seem to upset any of *us*. Would it offend visitors? Some scenes in Ninja Scroll were sexually explicit, though I don't think sex is reason enough to shoot down a film. (I was offended by what I saw, which was non-consensual.)

The minors who belong to WPLUG are (or at least, have been) intelligent enough to handle movies with a harder edge. Even with last week's glitch, they aren't gonna become rapists or murderers or anything.

So, let's give it another chance. Because I don't want you or anyone else to decide what's appropriate for us to watch.

--- Dave Ostroske
    eksortso at linuxmail.org

-----Original Message-----
From: Beth Lynn <bluekanary at yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 13:32:58 -0800 (PST)
To: wplug at wplug.org
Subject: [wplug] new guideline for videos at gums and installfests

> Hello,
> For future gums and installfests, if someone wants
> to bring a movie that is rated "R" "mature" or 
> unrated, they will have to post to the list one 
> week before to ask for permission.
> Films that are rated "adult" or of any pornographic
> nature will not be permitted, so don't ask.
> If someone wants to bring a movie that is rated
> "G" "PG" "PG-13" or "for everyone" then you can
> bring it without emailing first.
> The reasoning is this...
> WPLUG is a family environment. WPLUG has members
> under the age of 18. Sometimes people bring small
> children with them to WPLUG. The content may be
> objectionable to some of our members or parents
> of members.
> I'm sorry I've gotta set policy by being overly
> descriptive over what is acceptable.
> Apologies to everyone that more rules have to be
> in place to make sure that past mishaps don't
> repeat.
> Thanks,
> Beth Lynn
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