Word that the Tuscaloosa Arts Council pulled a film from its Bama Art House series after multiple complaints from local churches reached its way to Norway on Wednesday.
Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, the director of “Turn Me On, Dammit!,” told Norway’s largest newspaper (The Aftenposten) that while she’s disappointed her film will not be seen in Tuscaloosa, it is important to respect the fact that people might have different views on the film.
“As I understand it, they have not seen the movie,” Jacobsen told the newspaper. They base the decision on prejudice against the title and theme. It is a bit parochial.”
The director said it seemed Mayor Walt Maddox felt pressure to ask the Arts Council to pull the film, in what she calls “a type of censorship I do not support.”