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Brokeback – too extreme for the Bahamas

“The board chose to ban it because it shows extreme homosexuality, nudity and profanity, and we feel that it has no value for the Bahamian public.”
— Chavasse Turnquest-Liriano, liaison officer for the Plays and Films Control Board of the Bahamas, on Brokeback

My god, what on earth was extreme about that movie? You’d think it was a porno with cum shots or some such BS. The island fundies came out and bleated until they got a ban. (365gay):

A Bahamian government board’s decision to ban the movie “Brokeback Mountain” has prompted charges of discrimination and censorship in the island chain.

…”You have a group of people who are telling grown men and women what they can and cannot watch,” said Philip Burrows, a theater director in the island chain. “I cannot understand denying people the right to make their own choices.”

Theaters in Nassau, the capital, had already begun to advertise the movie Friday when the board announced its ban at the request of the Bahamas Christian Council.

The Rainbow Alliance, a gay rights group, called the ban a “farce,” and said most Bahamians reject the idea that a “small group of appointed individuals … can provide the moral compass for the entire country.”

“…This is not a movie to be banned. This is not a subject to be censored,” said Bahamas resident Liz Roberts, who has worked in film production. “It is a subject to be aired, a subject to be confronted openly.”

While the Bahamas cannot hold a candle to the violent, virulent homophobia in Jamaica, it has its own flavor of wingnut batsh*t fools who have made the Blend:

* Bahamas school official: Lesbianism=bad grades. Stephen Plakaris, deputy director of government school security for the Northern Bahamas was certain that an epidemic of lesbianism had taken over the school system, saying there is a “network of lesbians operating in private and government high schools in Grand Bahama,” and that the numbers “are alarming, disturbing and growing.” He also noted that it’s kind of hard to detect them in his investigations, because “gay women do not physically exhibit the characteristics which make it easy to determine that a man is homosexual.” Clearly a Willie Wilson wannabe.

On the heels of the above editorial, the Grand Bahama Christian Council President Bishop Ricardo Grant called for called for a probe into the rampant lesbianism infesting the schools.

* Miss Teen Bahamas comes out — and gets dumped. Gari McDonald decided to come out, and got the boot. A pageant committee member told her that “we cannot have a lesbian Miss Teen Bahamas representing the country.”

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