How outrageous is it that the University of Maryland, College Park is showing a porn movie called "Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge" on campus at taxpayer's expense? I find it completely outrageous and not for the reasons you think.
I have no problems with porn. "Wait, I thought you were a Conservative type?" you may say. Well I am conservative fiscally, but in general when it comes to social issues I believe "keep it to yourself and don't force it on others" *makes a rude gesture at gay rights activists*.
The outrage over this porn movie being shown is that it is being done on the taxpayer's dime. At our expense. In other words some of your money and my money are going to some college students watching a porn movie.
Their argument is that it is all about free speech. They've even gotten some professors and the ACLU to jump on-board defending their rights to view porn - on the taxpayer's dime. These people are misplaced in their defense on purpose and are using the time honored trick of misdirection to justify this event. They have made it about the freedom to view porn and not the fact that it will be done with taxpayer money at a taxpayer funded building on the campus.
Take the porn elsewhere and you'd have no problem. If these college students, all assumed adults over the age of 18, want to group up and watch a porn movie off-campus in a private building then go for it I say. To debase the learning environment of a campus with this is totally off base however and shows a clear sign of what our "teachers" are teaching kids.
No taxpayer should be forced to foot the bill for this and one lawmaker in Maryland, State Senator Andrew Harris, has threatened to suspend funding to the campus over the issue.
State Sen. Andrew P. Harris, who led the opposition to the film last week, said Monday he would move to cut off capital funds to the university unless the film screening was blocked. He said legislators have authority to intervene because taxpayer money was used to construct the building in which the film is to be shown and to pay for security and electricity for the building.
Harris, a Republican representing Baltimore and Harford counties, said administrators needed to assert their authority. “The taxpayers are paying a high six-figure salary to a lot of people who are supposed to be running that campus,” Harris said in a statement. “They need to take control of this situation. If they cannot handle this situation, they cannot handle the type of money that is earmarked for them in the capital budget either.”
And here is one little indoctrinated, entitlement minded "student" who argues that they can do whatever the hell they want and that the university administration should tell the legislature to screw off.
Josef Parker, one of the students organizing Monday night’s screening, said the legislators were stepping on the free speech rights not of the university, but of the students, and that they felt they needed to stand up for themselves.
“We’re all very interested in protecting students’ rights and having a stronger voice for students on campus,” said Parker, a sophomore from Baltimore. “The administration … should tell the legislature that it’s our university and they don’t have jurisdiction over every single thing we do on campus.”
Nobody said anything about telling you what to do for every little thing, but this taxpayer paid porn showing is a bit beyond "every little thing" don't you think Josef?
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Oh yeah - this is education at it's best. Here is one review of the movie "Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge:
"The best scenes? Hard to say. Maybe Belladonna and Jesse Jane; Evan stone, BElla and Sasha; St Croix, Shay JOrdan and Jesse... every scene is very good. Maybe the orgy is the great disappointment."
oh and another one:
"There are much more longer sex scenes here than in the first film, which could be considered a bit of a minus for a couples sex film such as this, since some but not all of the sex scenes tend to drag on a bit(especially the orgy scene in the middle of the film), putting the film almost to a halt unlike the first film that had it's sex scenes evenly put out together with the non sex scenes. But there are two sex scenes that really stand out in the sequel which are the scene between Jesse Jane & Belladonna and the scene between Jesse Jane, Katsumi and Tommy Gunn."
Won't the parents be happy to know the school is sponsoring this kind of sex education on their dime?
Posted by: Ruthiness on April 7, 2009 01:36 AM
The plot from Wikipedia for inquiring minds:
At the beginning, Captain Edward Reynolds is bragging about his victory over the dreaded pirate Victor Stagnetti to his loyal companion Jules; he has even assembled a new crew for his ship, including Ai Chow and Olivia, Serena's cousin. It is Olivia who informs the crew that the governor of Jamaica has ordered Serena's arrest and Olivia is on board to protect the crew from enemies, and to convince Edward and Jules to ask for Serena's pardon. When they finally go to Jamaica and ask Governor Littleton to pardon Serena, he is more interested in Jules' appearance than anything else. They convince the governor, who first sends them on a mission to kill another group of pirates and find another hidden treasure.
Olivia and Jules get off to a rocky start to their friendship, but eventually end up in a steamy lesbian experience. Later, Edward comes across Takvor, the Armenian gold pirate, during a female slave auction and is invited to participate in an orgy featuring belly dancers and slave girls.
Meanwhile, Jules is captured by the Chinese pirate empress Xifeng and given some sort of poison that causes her lure Edward, allowing him to be captured by the Xifeng too: he is then forced to fight a dragon-like creature, but Olivia saves him in the last minute.
Meanwhile, Victor Stagnetti is reborn from the sea: he and Xifeng force Jules into sexual servitude, and she happily obliges, until Olivia intervenes and fights Xifeng in a sword fight and takes her down, but it's not over! She must fight the poisoned Jules as well, until Stagnetti intervenes and takes both of them down. Once again, Edward comes to the rescue, reclaiming his title as "the greatest pirate hunter that has ever lived".
This is something that the college boys should be viewing in their frat houses not in the college theater. To condone this kind of movie being shown BY THE COLLEGE TO TEENAGERS is repulsive and shows just how low these colleges will go to distort the morals of YOUR kids.
Posted by: Ruthiness on April 7, 2009 01:48 AM
Well, as a college student I feel like I need to inform you about your incorrect information. Tax payers did not directly pay for this porn. An activities fee is included in every studetns tutition. This goes to pay for any or all events for students on campus. All tax-payers do not pay for this. Some students have parents that pay thier tution, some pay for it themselves, and others use loans.
You say you have a "keep it to yourself and don't force it on others" look on politics. However, you have completely contradicted yourself. Teachers were not teaching anyone about anything. They weren't invovlved at all. The movie was shown and hosted by the student campus activities board - not the college itself. This was also not a mandatory event. If there were students who did not want to watch a XXX movie, whether they just didn't want to or thought it was wrong/immoral, they did not have to attend.
However, if students wanted to attend, they could. If they did, they would also be engaged in a conversation about safe sex, planned parenthood and making safe, smart decisions, before watching the movie. This event was not for pure enjoyment. It was also meant to be educational. No, of course the movie is not educational, the discusion before hand was meant to be.
And again, some people disapprove of this. If students did not want to attend, they did not have to.
Posted by: Lara on April 11, 2009 03:15 PM