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Re: “The Hounddog "controversy" and a celebration of Screen/Society

Mr. Benson I work with children that are raped and abused. I have seen most of your comments and those of others who have made a stand against this movie. It is best to err on the side of caution when dealing with such matters. This places me squarely in your camp and in agreement with your arguments. I do not see this as a censorship debate, what is at stake here is how these children were used in order to portray roles in a story that may better help to those of us working in the field if told in a serious documentary film rather than a surreal journey into a deep dark subject filled with snakes and other ridiculous symbolism children cannot be expected to comprehend. But then that is a matter of taste isn't it? Well, not really because real children were acting out these various sexually explicit roles in what may very well have been in an illegal manner. In a day and age of hyper-vigilance where cutting and pasting a child's face onto a nude woman's body constitutes child pornography and emailing it is a serious federal offense, the graphic portrayal of a child in simulated sex scenes for entertainment purposes is worthy of, at least, a serious debate. One more thing, if I received a phone call regarding the use of a child in a rape scene or any other scene described in that script posted on your website, I would immediately request a formal investigation. Why did it take 5 months for anyone to do anything? We err on the side of caution, and we should always move quickly when it involves children. Five months is an awful long time to wait. Thank you for bringing all this to our attention.

Posted by Child Advocate on 02/08/2007 at 12:24 PM

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