Tuesday, June 29, 2010

*** Is Not Great

A reader writes in:

I know you saw the new Rush documentary and didn't like it. I watched it on VH-1 last weekend, and loved it. No need to argue. But I wanted to call attention to the fact that there's a scene in the movie where Alex and Geddy are flying on a plane, each reading a book. Alex is reading Hitchens' distinctively yellow God is Not Great. I've checked with people who saw the film in a theater, and they've confirmed that the title of the book is clearly visible in the shot. But when it aired on VH-1, they pixelated the book cover! What's the fuck up with that?
Wow. That's pretty remarkable. The book was indeed visible and not blurred in the theater version of the documentary. I wonder what the motivation is? Is it objectionable for networks even to acknowledge that sometimes atheists write books? Someone should write to VH-1 about this.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oftentimes VH-1 blurs out t-shirt logos and beer labels, too. Were there cases in the movie where they showed a beer label? I ask because the blurring might not have had anything to do with the subject of the book or its title.

Dr. Killjoy said...

I suppose the book was blurred for the same reason that you often see logos blurred on soda cans and T-shirts or pictures on television sets blurred in reality shows (i.e., to avoid even the possibility of litigation stemming from unauthorized use or portrayal or any resultant damage or perceived damage). Furthermore, I would imagine that the presence of blurring in the network broadcast and its absence in the theatrical release has everything to do with the relevant standards and practices of the film's production company diverging from those of the broadcasting network rather than (one would hope) anything to do with VH1 loving the Jesus.

Anonymous said...

VH1 Is a Viacom company, which has a bunch of publishers that are NOT 12Books (publisher of Hitchens), which is a part of Havette, which is a susidiary of Lagardère Group, which bought Time Warner Books (from Time Warner). Maybe they just blur the competition's books.

Anonymous said...

Blurring in general (although I understand the reasons) is just an idiotic practice (especially when it comes to T&A!). As is 'bleeping' the cursing.

Non-premium cable stations that blur and bleep -- why are they even on the air?

This point was driven home to me the other night when I stumbled across Pulp Fiction on a non-premium cable station, and attempted to watch it. The bleeping got to the point that you couldn't really understand the dialogue. Really, what's the point?

(he asked, adjusting his setting to "Anonymous...")

Anonymous said...

someone wrote a book about how Lemmy is not great? what the fuck?

Spiros said...

10:47-- Genius.

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