Artist: Jennie Livingston, Miramax and the NEA|
Confronting Bodies: Dr. Ted Baehr's Christian Film and Television Commission
Date of Action: 1992
Specific Location: New York City and Washington, DC
Description of Artwork: A documentary film depicting homosexuality and gay balls in New York City.
Description of Incident: The Christian Film and Television Commission called for "all moral Americans" to boycott Jennie Livingston's "Paris is Burning," charging that it was a "homosexual propaganda film." Livingston received grants from Art Matters, Inc., the New York State Council on the Arts, and the NEA film and video program.
Results of Incident: "Paris is Burning" received international attention and distribution. The Commission continues to recommend local ratings boards for film.
Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack 1992
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