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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-05 10:06 PM
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Cut From the Oscars: Cartoon Characters' Sins
Edited on Sat Feb-26-05 10:10 PM by truthpusher
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/27/movies/oscars/27willi... ?

Cut From the Oscars: Cartoon Characters' Sins
By DAVID M. HALBFINGER

Published: February 27, 2005

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 - ABC executives have forced Robin Williams to drop a comic song from the Oscars show that might well have proved one of the most political and racy numbers of the broadcast, despite the fact that the network and the show's host, Chris Rock, have been promoting the night as anything but tame.

Mr. Williams, the presenter of the Academy Award for best animated feature, decided last week that his one minute on stage would be a prime time to lampoon the conservative critic James C. Dobson, whose group Focus on the Family last month criticized the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants for appearing in a video about tolerance that the group called "pro-homosexual."

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"Pinocchio's had his nose done! Sleeping Beauty is popping pills!

"The Three Little Pigs ain't kosher! Betty Boop works Beverly Hills!"

The producer of the Oscars telecast, Gil Cates, urged Mr. Shaiman to make the bit "less political," Mr. Shaiman said, so he quickly removed any reference to Mr. Dobson's protests - and turned Mr. Williams into a fabulous, lisping character dishing up the latest juicy gossip:

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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-05 11:51 PM
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This thread deals with media censorship and free speech. I must protest it was moved from its original forum (LBN) to the LOUNGE.
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