Even as our previous story on the Jessamine County Library LoEG controversy was getting Boing Boinged — on Alan Moore’s birthday no less — and stirring up a whole new round of observations, events were heating up at a library board meeting, as reported by Amy Wilson. And this time, we even got the money shot of an evangelist angrily holding up a comic and yelling “If this is not pornography, what is?”
The library board heard speakers — limited to two minutes each — on both sides of the case, which involves two library workers who felt that LOEG: BLACK DOSSIER should not fall into the hands of an 11-year-old girl and took it upon themselves to remove the book from circulation, thereby violating library policy and getting themselves fired. Although the traveling evangelist, a homeschooling mother and over 200 kids who signed a petition begging for books to be censored all seemed to think that others should decide what they can read, the other half of the speakers felt, as Bobbi Stout, herself the daughter of a preacher, that “It’s dangerous to democracy when an interest group imposes its views on another,” she said. “Stand up for the Constitution.”
A petition was also introduced calling for four works to be removed from the library
on the grounds that they “offended me in that they depict sexual acts and/or describe such acts in a way that in my opinion are contrary to the Jessamine County public opinion” of what should be in a public, taxpayer-supported collection. The petition concluded the works constituted a public safety issue in that they encourage sexual predators.
You may be surprised by the list of four works:
• The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier, by Alan Moore, graphic novel
• Snuff, by Chuck Palahniuk, adult fiction
• Choke (based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk), DVD
• Ron White: You Can’t Fix Stupid, DVD
It’s fairly obvious that Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill and Chuck Palahniuk are trying to subvert public morals and ennoble kiddie fiddlers everywhere, but what about stand-up comic Ron White? According to the IMDb page for the DVD this is a typical joke:
I think because of the unrest in the Middle East, we’re all becoming more aware of the globe. I found out the other day there really is a place called Bumfuk, Egypt. And the only way to get there is to go up Shit Creek.
White is known to hang out with popular “blue collar” comedians like Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, so his ascent into the same pantheon of perverts as Alan Moore is deeply troubling for this country.
The upshot, as in past library uproars over controversial works, is that the Jessamine County library board will consider whether to change their policy — which is similar to library policies nationwide:
For those under age 18 to get a library card, parents must sign the application. The library considers parents responsible for what children and teens check out; librarians do not have discretion to refuse to loan items.
Although fist-shaking Earl Lee Watts resembles many bad dreams of “A New Wertham” come to life, a grassroots teabag-style protest against naughty graphic novels has never gotten much traction. Perhaps it because folks just don’t know what’s in those graphic novels: according to the story, at the meeting, Pastor DeWayne Brewer “warned that if the Bible ever went into graphic novel form, the banning committee would have something to really fret about” a statement which must have made W. W. Norton’s publicists very, very sad.