What shocked the censors! (1933)

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For those who are statistically-minded, the above chart may be further summarized by stating that approximately 44% of the censor's deletions have to do with Sex, 16% with Crime, 29% with Violence, 5% with Government, and 3% with Religion. These five categories of the censors need now to be re-interpreted in terms of their presumed effect upon public behavior. The daily press, patently, publishes items concerning these subjects, since our con- ception of "news" centers largely at these points. But the censors assume that these are the areas of primary moral danger. We may allow them to speak for themselves in terms of formal language: "No motion picture will be licensed or a permit granted for its exhibition within the State of New York, which may be classified, or any part thereof, as obscene, indecent, immoral, inhuman, sacrilegious, or which is of such character that its exhibition would tend to corrupt morals or incite to crime." * The first five terms of this rule are presumed to be objective standards accord- ing to which works of art or dramatic exhibitions may be judged; the last Regents Rules 244, based upon the Education Law, Chapter 153, Section 1082.