On censoring Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" and the word "fuck"
Brazil is swell for junior high school students for a lot of reasons. One would be it's pretty to look at and pretty funny in places. Another would be stuff blows up every 15 minutes or so keeping the little tykes engaged. And one more would be the frightening realities that it seems to predict with an ever more accurate eye. If this movie doesn't stir some citzenship in these brats by the end then I'll just have to pull a Shirley Chisolm on them.
We ran into a trouble spot duuring first perios when I did not mute the DVD soon enough and Sam Lowry tells Jill to "fucking move this truck!" The kids were immensely amused by this but the teahcer less so. When they showed Titanic in sciuence class (don't ask me why) there was copious swearing, sexing and shooting (as well as kissing and romancing which were less appreciated). Another f-bomb snuck out when our heroes drive through a road block. All this slipped by my usually studious eye and I resolved to remain in the classes showing the film in order to delete the offending (oddly enough "offend" was the word of the day in Reading today) words. No real problems after that. But I still feel like an idiot for having to do this. "Fuck" is not going to hurt anyone. These kids know the word and know it is not appropriate to use in certain situations (I still remember the first time I said "fuck" to my mother. It was also the first time she ever hit me. Ouch!) I can show all the violence I want to but if we sneak anywhere near sexuality, watch out!
What am I supposed to do show them Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas? Well, actually I might do that but anyway...you see my point? Meh. I say meh!