April 22, 2004


Censorship in arts 'healthy,' Boone says (Steve Miller, The Washington Times, 4/22/04)

"I don't think censorship is a bad word, but it has become a bad word because everybody associates it with some kind of restriction on liberty," said Mr. Boone, who is in Washington making the rounds as the national spokesman for the 60-Plus Association, a conservative senior citizen lobby. . . .

When Mr. Boone was invited to appear on Mr. Stern's radio show several years ago, the singer agreed, but with a simple stipulation.

"I said that I will if Howard will give me just a gentleman's promise that he will not say anything filthy about my wife or my daughter Debbie then I'll come on. He wouldn't even do that, so I did not go on. I said that if I did go on and he said scandalous things about my family I would be forced to walk out or punch him in his big nose." . . .

[Later, Boone was invited to a private screening of "The Passion Of The Christ."] "I consider it the most important film ever made. It is a film that is not only of gigantic proportion but one that changes life, that affects people's eternal destiny."

Not that Stern shouldn't be punched on his big nose.

Posted by David Cohen at April 22, 2004 9:17 AM

I've entered some kind of time warp or alternative universe, where in successive posts Pat Boone is held up as someone to respect, while in the next he ought to be at the top of the list for lifetime oeuvre.

If "Honeycomb" isn't Top 50 material, I'll convert.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 22, 2004 2:55 PM


You aren't seriously citing that as an anti-Semitic comment are you?

Posted by: oj at April 22, 2004 4:34 PM

The post is the post. As the author, I have no greater authority to impose a meaning upon it than you, the reader.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 22, 2004 5:21 PM

Query: What do Pat Boone, Kenneth Starr, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Travis, Weird Al Yankovic, Max Lucado, golfer Byron Nelson, and Senator Fred Thompson all have in common?

Answer: All members of the conservative church of Christ.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at April 22, 2004 5:35 PM

Who the heck is Max Lucado?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 22, 2004 7:14 PM

After the "Left Behind" knuckleheads he's probably the best-selling explicitly "Christian" writer working today.

Put his name into Amazon and see what happens.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at April 22, 2004 7:56 PM

Come to think of it, "Honeycomb" was Jimmy Rodgers, wasn't it? I thought the two looked alike.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 23, 2004 2:31 AM

I keep noticing that the Golden Age of Hollywood was under the tight decorum censorship of the Hays Office. With all the cheap & easy ways to grab an audience (read porn-sex & hyperviolence) banned, writers & directors had to work harder at storytelling and style, developing an elaborate vocabulary of sexual symbolism that is now lost. The quest to "beat the censors" meant they had to put some work into it.

Now, with Political Correctness blacklisting and activist pressures, we have NO decorum censorship but a tight CONTENT censorship.

Posted by: Ken at April 23, 2004 12:57 PM