University Theater Cannot Show Porn

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The University of Iowa has apparently decided that a student-run organization will not be allowed to show pornographic films on campus this coming weekend. According to an article by B.A. Morelli in the Iowa City Press-Citizen:

The Bijou Theater, based in the Iowa Memorial Union, had scheduled midnight Friday and Saturday showings of a 1970s “erotic, camp classic” called “Disco Dolls in Hot Skin,” which was playing in 3-D.

“There will be big hair. There will be obnoxious mustaches. There will not be a coherent plot,” the advertisement stated.

On Tuesday Tom Rocklin, Iowa’s interim vice president for student services, decided that there wouldn’t be a movie either. As Rocklin explained in an email to campus:

It is clearly not in the public interest for a public facility at a public institution to be showing a film of this nature. If showing the film were essential to an educational objective, the situation would be different. The intent in this case was to provide entertainment.

The Bijou Theatre customarily shows (ironic) pornographic films one weekend a year.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer