Monday, April 13, 2009

Pirates II Banned at UMaryland

Upon last summer's release of Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, Digital Playground handed out copies of the DVD to over 100 college campuses. Over the last several months, campuses have held screenings of Pirates II. A scheduled screening, April 4, at the University of Maryland caused a state senator to threaten the removal of funding from the UMaryland. Some 150 students who purchased $5 advance tickets held a free speech convention Monday, April 6, when administrators cancelled the event.

Student administration issued a statement that they initially viewed the screening as "an opportunity to engage students in a discussion about the national dialogue revolving around pornography." The student union had also invited a Planned Parenthood rep to speak about safe sex.

Undaunted by the cancellation, a group of students and professors held a "Pirates Screening Teach-In" Monday following the convention, drawing some 200 students. Luckily because of the educational components surrounding Monday night's screening, university funding was not endangered. Later administrators at College Park commented on the rogue screening, listing it as "characteristic of a vibrant educational community."

Click Here to check out Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge.

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