I have an idea for you, Cronenberg
I got an email the other day with the subject: "Will Steyn Stand By Young People F---ing?"
Er, well, thanks awfully, but I'd rather not. I've reached the stage in life where I prefer to turn in early with a mug of cocoa and The Queen
Oh, it's a film? Who knew? Certainly not Canadian taxpayers, even though they paid for it. In 2006, the homegrown share of the Canadian box office was just four per cent. So the other 96 per cent went to the
But that's the point my emailer and many other correspondents wanted to make. Young People F---ing is a sex comedy lavishly endowed by Cinedole
As it happens, Young People F---ing doesn't exactly live up to its name, and the photograph that appeared in the National Post was oddly reminiscent of old-time sex comedies like Bob and
Answer: no. These two things are not the same. As Andrew Coyne argued trenchantly last week, it's not censorship to deny someone public funding. I'm not a great fan of government arts subsidy, and it seems pretty clear from that four per cent market share that it's done nothing to promote any kind of "Canadian cultural identity," even if you accept that the sin of Onan is a uniquely Canadian cultural component. But free money is not the same as free speech. Nobody is stopping any of these filmmakers from making their films; they're simply stopping the cheque. It would not seem unreasonable that any truly "bold" "courageous" "radical" "transgressive" content should have to work a little to find a publisher, producer or distributor. (Ask me in a couple of years' time, after
Actually, it's the
Nevertheless, in recent discussions on TVOntario and the CBC, there's been a curious urge to conflate the
By contrast, the "human rights" cases are far less appealing to Canadians' sense of themselves. After Rex
Better yet, as things stand, the CHRC — an organization which believes it has the right not only to police my public words but also to demand to know the private thoughts of
I have a proposition for David Cronenberg and his chums. The fourth version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers was pretty much a total bust, with Nicole Kidman running around
"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise
And put up a human rights commission . . ."
C'mon, David, whaddaya say? If it would help with the funding, we could throw in some masturbating.