This recently came in from the Shortbus mailing list. I’ll confess, I voted for it out of blind loyalty to the film, not so much out of love for the site, but it is a fine site and you ought to go in and vote for it, too.
ATTENTION SHORTBUS PASSENGERS:
The SHORTBUS Official Movie Site and Salon has been nominated for the 11th Annual Webby Awards in the Movie and Film Category!
The “Oscars”® of the internet according to the New York Times, The Webby People’s Voice honors excellence in 100+ categories including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile.
Register (so that its fair) & Vote for SHORTBUS by clicking here.
Voting Ends April 27 so get your votes in now!
UPDATE: Sorry. Broken links now fixed.
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?
In an email I received today from Shortbus writer/director John Cameron Mitchell, he tells me that on January 9th, the IMDb agreed to remove the adult label from Shortbus, but a check again today shows the site has not followed through. Other films found by Mitchell (and verified today) that are classified as “adult,” are: Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny, Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi’s Baise-Moi and Catherine Breillat’s Romance.
In addition to 9 Songs, other explicit films that are not restricted include Larry Clark’s Ken Park, Patrice Chéreau’s Intimacy, and Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses.
Thanks for the heads up, John!
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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