Friday, October 18, 2013

A No-Go In Idaho

Anyone hoping to catch Blue Is the Warmest Color, based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel Blue Angel and winner of the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, at a movie theater in Idaho may be out of luck due to a muddling between the state’s alcohol code and obscenity law. Maren Williams of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund wishes that legislators in Boise would take an updated approach to such matters:

“Idaho is far from the only state that restricts expression by tying it it liquor licenses: this is why many strip clubs are “juice bars” or BYOB. Bus most such laws in other states don’t mention movies at all or include a provision that exempts those judged to have “redeeming value.”

(Image: Canadian theatrical release poster for Blue Is the Warmest Color, Karine Savard)

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