[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Thursday, 11 November, 2004, 10:44 GMT
Protests over 'sexologist' movie
Liam Neeson at Kinsey premiere
Liam Neeson plays the controversial scientist in Kinsey
US conservative groups have pledged to protest at screenings of a film about scientist Alfred Kinsey, who lifted the lid on sexual behaviour 50 years ago.

Played by Liam Neeson, Kinsey is blamed by critics for the sexual revolution.

The Generation Life group said Kinsey was partly responsible for "devastating consequences of sexually transmitted diseases, pornography and abortion".

Kinsey writer and director Bill Condon said protesters wanted to "pretend that the last 50 years didn't happen".

The scientist's reports in 1948 and 1953 revealed the truth, he said, about what people got up to - with startling claims about masturbation, homosexuality, prostitutes and even bestiality.

They're sugar-coating the issue, trying to make him look like a genius
Brandi Swindell
Generation Life
But his methods, conclusions and personal preferences have come up for heavy criticism ever since.

Generation Life head Brandi Swindell said the group would hand out pamphlets and carry placards outside cinemas to try to persuade people not to see the film.

"If this was a true documentary, they would have included more negative information," she said.

"They're sugar-coating the issue, trying to make him look like a genius who all of humanity should be grateful for."

Christian group Focus on the Family said the film condoned immorality.

I hope the film gets a little breathing room for people to see it and think about it for themselves
Bill Condon
Kinsey writer and director
"To say that it is rank propaganda for the sexual revolution and the homosexual agenda would be beyond stating the obvious," wrote Tom Neven, who reviewed the film.

But Mr Condon, who won an Oscar for 1998's Gods and Monsters, said protesters were "confusing discussion with endorsement".

He said tried to present both sides of the scientist's character and let people make up their own minds.

"Kinsey was a very complex man, in some ways damaged beyond repair," Mr Condon said.

"He affected everybody's life, and I hope the film gets a little breathing room for people to see it and think about it for themselves."

Kinsey goes on limited release in the US on Friday before being rolled out across the country in coming weeks.


SEE ALSO:
Election reveals divided nation
03 Nov 04 |  Americas
Can religion and the movies mix?
20 Feb 04 |  Entertainment
'No sex please, we're too busy'
20 Jan 03 |  Health
Church row over film's sexual content
13 Aug 02 |  Entertainment


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific