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Teacher Suspended for Reading Graphic Allen Ginsberg Poem About Gay Sex to High School Class: VIDEO

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An English teacher at South Windsor High School in Connecticut has been placed on leave after reading a sexually explicit Allen Ginsberg poem to his class, WTNH-TV reports:

News8The teacher, whose name has not been released, read the Allen Ginsberg poem “Please Master” aloud in an English class for high school students. That poem was written in 1968. He had another poem banned in the 1950s for obscenity. Parents were shocked when they heard and read the material for themselves.

“I don’t understand how that actually got into a high school class,” said one parent who wanted to remain anonymous. “I can understand parents being really upset about it.”

“My son is not in that class. If he was, I think I would be mortified,” the parent said. “It was extremely inappropriate.” [...]

South Windsor Superintendent Kate Carter condemned the poem as “highly inappropriate” in a statement.

“We take seriously the trust that parents place in teachers and administrators, and we do not tolerate the use of inappropriate materials in classroom settings,” said Carter in the statement.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live Presents 'This Week in Unnecessary Censorship' - VIDEO

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Jimmy Kimmel continued his weekly tribute to the FCC with some unnecessary censorship of Sam Smith's Grammy win, the pre-Grammy red carpet, ArthurLet's Make a Deal, and more.

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Canadian School Under Fire for Hiding Student Mural of 2 Boys Kissing After Complaints Surface

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Students at Onoway Jr/Sr High School in Edmonton, Alberta are pushing back against an administrative decision to cover up one student's mural depicting two boys kissing, CBC reports:

"At the time we should have put more thought into the bigger picture," said principal James Trodden.

"There are a bunch of issues … What is appropriate? Should it be in a school, should you allow kissing?" he asked.

"Should you allow same sex couples to have a picture of kissing?"

The mural was hidden from view with a bulletin board, but students angry with the censorship removed the board Thursday. The mural is uncovered for now and the principal has said he hasn't yet decided if it will stay up when classes resume Monday. 

On Friday, a Facebook group entitled "Petition for OHS painting" was created to help build support for 16-year-old Kaela Wilton's mural. 

CTV News reports:

WiltonWilton told CTV Edmonton that when she pitched the concept a few weeks ago, her art teacher and principal gave their approval. Her painting, which features two men embracing and exchanging a kiss, was inspired by her desire to deliver a positive message about gay rights.

"I wanted to do something controversial," she said.

"Gay rights are something I've always felt strongly about," she added.

The school has a long tradition of allowing art students to empress themselves on school walls.

Wilton is in the process of creating a cover up for the mural in case it is censored permanently. She added:

"I want the comfortable to feel uncomfortable and the uncomfortable to feel comfortable."

Watch a CTV report on the story here


London Transit Authorities Reject Sexy Poster For AIDS Play 'My Night With Reg'

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My Night With Reg is a classic AIDS-themed comedy production by Kevin Elyot that has been making the rounds since 1994. For the 20th anniversary a new poster was produced, featuring actor Lewis Reeve's hanging buns, partially obscured by David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album. But while the ad met London's advertising restriction standards, Transport for London - which runs the underground - deemed it too racy and banned it from being displayed. 

The Evening Standard got a statement from a TfL press officer, confirming "if it has been rejected it means that it doesn't meet the guidance that we have set." The Standard noted that Justin Bieber's photoshopped bulge evidently does meet the guidance of the TfL.

The play's revival began Saturday and officially opens this Friday at the Apollo Theater and is scheduled to run through April 11th.


CBS Films Looking Into Removal Of Gay References From U.S. DVD Cover of 'Pride'

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The first image above is the original promotional artwork for Pride — the critically acclaimed 2014 film about gay activists who supported a bitter strike by British coal miners in the 1980s. 

The second image is the back cover of the Pride DVD released in the US on Dec. 23. 

Can you spot the difference? 

That's right, the banner in the background saying "Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners" has been removed. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 9.42.08 PMAdditionally, in the description of the film that appears on the back cover, the "London-based group of gay and lesbian activists" have been changed to just "a group of London-based activists," according to Pink News

The Hollywood Reporter has more

Ironically, those changes invert the plot of the film: Initially, the Welsh miners are more comfortable with the LGBT community’s monetary support than with its open sexual identity, but the miners ultimately become comfortable with their new supporters. Several characters come out during the course of the movie.

The film won several prizes at the British Independent Film Awards last month: the best British independent film award, along with best supporting actor and actress prizes for its stars Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton, respectively.

Representatives for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which released the disc in the U.S., and CBS Films, which acquired U.S. rights, did not respond to requests for comment.

CBS Films said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon that it's looking into the matter: 


Jimmy Kimmel Looks Back on the Most Unnecessarily Vulgar and Sexual Moments of 2014: VIDEO

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Every Thursday, Jimmy Kimmel pays tribute to the FCC by turning innocuous moments in television into bleep and blur heavy clips of crass. With the end of the year right around the corner, Jimmy decided to do a look back on his favorite 2014 moments in censorship.

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