Prof. Scahill was approached this week by Georgia Voice, an LGBT news magazine out of Atlanta, to give his thoughts on the current landscape of queer representation in film and television. According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), 2018 was a record-breaking year, as 8.8% of series regulars identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. While these are encouraging trends, Dr. Scahill noted that genres like horror, action, and the superhero
In 1992, Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct opened to protests by religious groups for its sex and violence, and by GLBT groups for its depiction of homosexual psychopaths. Right and Left shared the picket line as the resulting controversy helped make the film $352M worldwide.
26 years later, we'll take a look back at Basic Instinct for a critical re-assessment as part of Dr. Scahill's "Studies in Censorship" class. The Alamo Drafthouse Sloan Lake has generously donated their