Friday, April 1, 2016

Mean Joe Breen

Joe Breen would exclude the explicit
And clean up the crude and illicit
He'd lighten the dirt
That writers insert
The scenes so de-lewd-ed you'd miss it.

From Wikipedia: Joseph Ignatius Breen was an American film censor with the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) who applied the Hays Code to film production.

The 1933 founding of the Catholic organization the National Legion of Decency (NLD), which rated films independently of the industry, put pressure on the MPPDA, which had theretofore enforced the motion picture industry's own self-censorship standards, albeit not very seriously.

Will H. Hays, who had been in charge of enforcing the industry's voluntary code since 1927, worried that the NLD's efforts could weaken the power of his own office and hurt industry profits. Thus he stepped up enforcement efforts and appointed the "tough Irish Catholic" Breen as his assistant to impose the more rigorous standards.

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