Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Century Censorship

From the Sun-Sentinel:

The George Bush-bashing film Fahrenheit 9/11 has been banned from the vote-rich Century Village of Pembroke Pines clubhouse movie schedule until after the election, and Democrats are furious.

It was listed in the events calendar to be shown Oct. 27-31 to residents of the sprawling condominium complex, who pay 75 cents to see films. It was canceled abruptly last week by clubhouse management.


“People are upset,” said Isadore Nachimson, a Democratic activist at the heavily Democratic complex.

Century Village Democratic Club President Sophie Bock and Nachimson said they confronted Toni Gleason, who runs the clubhouse for a private management company.

“Toni Gleason told me people called in and complained about the film,” Bock said. “She thought she was doing the right thing. She thought by removing the film she was being nonpolitical. It turns out she was perceived as being political. People want to see this film and now can’t.”

Gleason could not be reached for comment despite two phone calls to her office.

More Republicans, especially Cuban-American retirees from Miami-Dade County, have moved into Century Village in recent years. With five registered Democrats for every Republican, according to the Supervisor of Elections, Century Village remains a bastion of Democratic strength.

Guess what film they are planning to show instead: The Stepford Wives.