Porn, Politickin', and Morality--in 3-D!

I wrote this to send to some friends, about the funniest damn thing (and the scariest) to happen here in Lexington in a while. I thought I would post it here, for your enjoyment. Sorry it’s long, but these things happen.

(Note–if a debate ensues, please move the thread accordingly, but this seems like a pretty non-debatable crock to me.)


From the Pageant of the Transmundane that is Lexington politics:

This weekend, the Kentucky Theatre, in an effort to return to more cult fare for its midnight showings, presented “Disco Dolls in Hot Skin in 3D”, which in 1977 picked up an Oscar nomination for best screenplay and an actor nod for star John Holmes. OK, not really, but it has been popular on the midnight art house circuit since its re-release a few years ago.

Despite the fact that no one really cared, UCC member Scott Crosbie held a press conference outside the KY on Friday to berate the theatre management, emphatically stating that our community would not stand for this outrage. (I should mention that while the city of Lex owns the KY, it is run by a separate company, and the city explicitly has no control over the content.)

Predictably, Friday night’s showing sold out. Among the audience were a couple of Lexington’s finest, who sat through the whole film to make sure it was good and obscene. (I’m sure they were fighting over who got this duty down at the precinct.) Then, citing the fact that there were whiskey
bottles everywhere while the KY can only sell beer, the cops claimed that the KY had violated its liquor license, and that they had to confiscate the film as evidence. (There is debate between the DA and the police as to who authorized this course of action.)

Saturday, Judge Mary Noble pointed out
what an obvious crock of bullshit this all was, and ordered the film returned. Saturday night’s showing, while not a sellout, was nearly so.

On Sunday, Fred Mills (the KY manager; a good man who has run the KY for 20 years) was charged with distributing obscene material, a misdemeanor charge that carries up to a year in jail. He was supposed to turn the film over as evidence, but on Monday a judge pointed out the fact that that would violate the Fifth Amendment (“Here’s that evidence against me that you wanted”), so the film went back to the rental company while Fred awaits a Dec. 6 arraignment. Meanwhile, Sunday’s 10 PM showing played to yet another nearly full house.

My comments:
–If our community won’t stand for this, who bought those 2000 tickets to see it? Must have been those heathens from Richmond.

–Could the whole thing have been nothing but a publicity stunt to revitalize declining ticket sales at the KY? Only in my dreams.

–The photograph that the newspaper needed, but didn’t have–those cops with their 3-D glasses. Caption: “These men are on duty. Meanwhile, someone is selling drugs to your kid.”

–If the First Amendment doesn’t protect my right to see cheesy 1970’s 3-D porn, what good is it? We might as well move to China or Nazi Germany, for God’s sake. (Oops, sorry, I was channeling Charleton Heston there for a second, only he meant to say “Second” and “own a shoulder-mounted nuclear
warhead”.)

–I know what you’re asking, because I was asking it, too–how does this add up to “distributing obscene material”, while, say, Video Max doesn’t? I quote DA Margaret Kannensohn: "The major distinction is, where is it viewed? What people watch or read in their homes has a higher level of privacy than something shown in public.’’

1.) Um, that’s not how it works. The Supreme Court ruled on selective prosecution long ago, and if this ain’t that, I don’t know what is. 2.)Shown in public, to people who consciously went to the KY Theatre at
midnight on a weekend, paid five bucks to get in, had their ID checked at the door, and were free to leave at any time.

–If Fred Mills goes to jail, I will be the first one to show up at the riot.

–(crossing my fingers) Jury duty, jury duty, jury duty. . .“We’re sorry, we’re having trouble determining whether this film is truly obscene. Could you cue it up again? And send in a couple six packs, will ya?”

Dr. J

3-D Porn huh? Wow, that’s creepy. Here’s a tagline–

“So close to real, you can smell the sweat on John Holmes’ ass!”

What they should really be thinking about is putting porn up on I-Max screens. Zoweee!


Indecision is the key to flexibility.
Kyoko Baby,
Shane

You want government idiocy, do an internet search for Oklahoma and the movie The Tin Drum. Federales actually went into the homes of people who rented the tape and confiscated it.

Wow. This is the first I’ve heard of this. I’ll have to contact some of my buddies in Lexington to see what they’ve heard.

BTW, do you know if they’re still showing it? It might be worth the 1 1/2 hour drive to celebrate in a little 5th ammendment freedom.

Oh yeah, I checked the IMDb. Hot Skin in 3D is apparently the offical title, while Disco Dolls is an alternate title. Could be that DDiHSi3D is a new title used for the rerelease. Not a lot of info in the IMDb. Just a few costars, and some user comments. (The IMDb users give it 5 out of 10 stars. I suppose that’s what happens when you let the masses rate the arts.)