Description: Interview with judge Elijah Adlow about the obscenity trial on Sister George movie. He talks about female actress' portrayal of lesbians.
Collection: WHDH
Date Created: 03/11/1969
Description: At ICA, advocates of freedom of expression defend the Mapplethorpe exhibit. Opponents at State House press conference claim the photos are obscene and should be censored. Discussion of what makes something art, what makes something obscene, and how to judge a community standard.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 07/31/1990
Description: City councilor Dapper O'Neil addresses City Council about the seven photos he thinks should be removed from Mapplethorpe exhibit. City councilor David Scondras defends freedom of expression. Boston City Council votes against censoring the exhibition. City councilor James Kelly compares his idea of art with his idea of pornography. Kelly proposed a rent hike on city leases, such as for Institute of Contemporary Art building.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 08/08/1990
Description: Dapper O'Neil visits Mapplethorpe exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art, to judge for himself if photos are obscene. David Ross, the museum director, greets him. Dapper takes notes on the pictures, is disgusted, threatens city council action. Interview with Dappy and an argument between Ross and Dapper over whether the city council has authority to censor ICA exhibit, since ICA is owned by BRA. B-roll follows of exteriors of ICA, police and crowds waiting for entrance, opening of the exhibit, chanting, free speech protest outside museum.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 08/01/1990
Description: Controversial photography of artist Robert Mapplethorpe is compared to provocative fashion advertising and film. Visual comparisons between Mapplethorpe photos and sexually suggestive advertising images follow opening dialogue. Clips from films "Robocop 2" and "Total Recall" used to highlight gratuitous violence in popular culture. Footage from Madonna concert. Clips of professional commentary throughout. Following edited story is b-roll footage panning on suggestive print ads. Various print editorials. Johnnie Walker. Dep hair gel. Guess jeans. Various Calvin Klein ads. Norma Kamali. Revlon. Fruit of the Loom. Maidenform. Tanqueray. Interview Magazine with Madonna on cover. Spiegel. Royal Velvet.
Collection: Ten O'Clock News
Date Created: 08/02/1990