So you know the feature on IMDb that gives you recommendations based on what film you’re looking at? Well, some of these are really strange. While looking something up for a different story, I just looked at the page for Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep and the recommendations were:
World Trade Center
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Now, I realize that technology is imperfect, but come on!
As of today, the IMDb (finally) removed the “adult” tag from Shortbus and the film now turns up in regular searches. This hardly addresses the main issue of the IMDb’s policy towards films they label as “adult.” This policy is at best, misguided and at worse, flat out censorship.
God, I love the bloggosphere! If it wasn’t for Eugene’s post (and for Jay Brannan’s You Tube video), I wouldn’t have known about the IMDb’s practice of censoring searches and wouldn’t have written about it and so on and so on….
Isn’t it nice when something that makes you angry (happy, aroused, sad, etc.) affects other people, as well? And then they go and write about it, too? Well, it seems like the IMDb story regarding Shortbus and other films has some serious legs, after all. Here are some news sources that picked up on my little post and ran with it:
Dig it! I’ve been Fleshbotted!
The Alien Experience boards
Other aggregators who have picked up the story include News Is Free
More to come?
As of this posting, the Internet Movie Database is censoring its search results by preventing certain films from coming up in the regular results of a search of the database. Go ahead and search for John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus. See? Try it with Caligula, Debbie Does Dallas or Taboo and you get the same results, that is, none. None of these films come up in a search for their titles. However, the search seems at least a little bit arbitrary, since Michael Winterbottom’s 9 Songs does show up. Hmmm, hetero money shot, ok by the IMDb, but an autoerotic facial? Nope. Straight penetration, sure, no problem! Gay analingus? Nope.
Split hairs, anyone?
Think that’s odd? It gets even more fucked up. Search for any of the actors involved in Shortbus and see what happens. Jay Brannan? Nope. PJ De Boy? Unh unh. Lindsay Beamish or Sook-Yin Lee? Nope and nope. However, Miriam Shor does show up in a search using her name, as does writer/director Mitchell.
Oh, but there’s more….
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