The most famous obscenity trial of a book or film is
But other ones worth considering (if, for example, I was doing a later tickybox poll) are...
[ETA yes, plays count too. I don't know why I forgot to put it in the poll. Any obscenity trial about Art, really]
PS The Romans in Britain was the Mary Whitehouse one, and is indeed a play.
|Date:||February 25th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)|| |
This is like Family Fortunes! "We asked our studio audience to name a famous obscenity trial."
|Date:||February 25th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)|| |
Our survey says... EH-OH (I can't write down that noise. Eh-oh makes it look like the tellitubbies...)
You need to be writing it in a language where pitch is significant.
Incidentally, looking at the poll responses, how come so few people can spell "Chatterley" correctly?
Because they were over confident in their spelling ability and therefore did not look it up on Google (as I did). Although know that I think about it I didn't need to look it up on Google as a D. H. Lawrence anthology is part of my pile of books to get my monitor to the ergonomically correct level.
|Date:||February 25th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)|| |
Or too lazy to check the spelling when I realised I couldn't spell it properly!
Because there's only AFAIK one famous libel case that can be referred to with the words Lady Ch*t*l*y (where * can be anything) and so we were too lazy to look it up given that what was written was unambiguous? And most people seem to have got it right anyway.
Actually I was just thinking it was surprising how many people could spell it correctly.
Mmm. After I posted that comment, suddenly people started being able to spell it correctly. I responded to the poll at about the same time so you can see the before-and-after spread of spellings. (-8
One of my teacher-friends uses that as a catchphrase (unless being observed by humourless people).
The Story of O
would also be worth considering. I note that the Marquis de Sade
was never tried, but rather imprisoned by royal (and later imperial) fiat.
|Date:||February 25th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)|| |
I assume poetry counts too. Although in the "other considerations" I put an obscenity trial concerning live comedy.
Without looking at the answers by others I bet they're mostly focussed on British obscenity trials.
I felt sure I must be able to give an amusing answer about an ancient greek's trial, but couldn't think of one :(
|Date:||February 25th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)|| |
Is this the sort of thread you would want your wife or servants to read?
I remember seeing, on a documentary a few years ago, a news item about the Lady Chatterley trial. The reporter spoke to a number of people queueing outside a bookshop to buy a copy of the newly-legal unexpurgated version of the text. One was an elderly lady, who said "well I disagree strongly with censorship of art and literature, so I'm proud to be buying a copy of this important book, on principle". The next were two university students, who said "We're studying Lawrence this term and thought we should get copies of the full text, so we can see what the author actually wrote". Finally, the interviewer turned to the next person in the queue, a middle-aged gentleman in a long coat, and asked "And you, sir, why are you buying a copy?"
The accosted gentleman turned away from the camera, shielded his face with his hand, and mumbled "No, sorry, not today".
It's often struck me that this was completely the worst approach to take. Had he said something like "because I'm fifty-two years old, and I'm old enough to decide myself what I should and shouldn't read" or even just "I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about" then that'd have been fine. But as it was, he was captured on film, and broadcast to the nation, as a dodgy old bloke in a crumpled raincoat.
("Who needs a hobby like tennis or philately? I've got a hobby: rereading Lady Chatterley.")
He should have said "because I like the word 'fuck'" and gambled the interview would therefore be unusable.
|Date:||February 25th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)|| |
Ugh, I’m so uncultured :-\
You might want to widen it to include blasphemy trials, so that you can have Mary Whitehouse -v- Gay Times in there.