Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Crying censorship

The Genies were enflamed this week with protest over the Conservative government's proposed Bill C-10.

Award recipients feared the bill, which would allow the Heritage Ministry to deny tax credits to productions deemed "offensive" or "contrary to the public interest", would spell the demise of provocative filmmaking in Canada.

The bill has also been panned by Broadcaster Magazine and a tens of thousands-strong Facebook group.

The Conservative response? The bill is essentially a loophole-closer once supported by a Liberal.

But it's also endorsed by the evangelical moral crusader Charles McVety.

Personally, that's enough to get me nervous.

But then there are those terms: "offensive" and "contrary to the public interest". I've got a creepy feeling I've heard them somewhere else.

Oh, now I remember. Here.