Post Office Refuses to Mail 'Obscene' Postcard For Movie

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Adam Rifkin is trying to promote his new movie, Look, an examination of how pervasive video surveillance cameras have become and the sometimes shocking footage they capture. The movie's producers intended to mail postcards with scenes from the movie and the copy "Will you be watching? May 5, 2009" on the back.

One of the postcards carries an image from the movie which shows a man having his way with a woman in a storage closet. Technically, there's no nudity but the Post Office has called the promotional piece "obscene" and won't allow it to be mailed.

Reacting to the Post Office's stand, Rifkin said, "We're all in shock. "Not only is it censorship, but with the post office in such financial straits, it's ridiculous they won't mail it."

Very true though we suppose we have to consider the fact school age kids do get off the bus mid-afternoon and, often times, bring the mail in for their parents. Seeing that postcard in the mail pile might not go over so well.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-09   Click to Comment   
Topic: Celebrity, Direct, Policy, Promotions, Racy   

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"...a man having his way with a woman...", really, how do we know it is not a woman having her way with a man?

The postcard seems a lot less obscene than employers placing hidden cameras around the work place. Seems absolutely like prior restraint. I have a "school aged daughter" (14) and in my wildest dreams i could not imagine she would be shocked by this picture. I'll check when she gets home.

Posted by: Page Schorer on April 8, 2009 3:49 PM

Kudos to the PO for saving a few more trees. Another Alan Funt remake? Must be an awfully bored filmmaker.

Posted by: fred on April 8, 2009 4:04 PM

My apologies, Page for seeing only one side of the story:)

Posted by: Steve Hall on April 8, 2009 5:31 PM

She was not shocked. She also says there is a porn site that features hidden cameras in toilets, etc. Ugh. Oh well, there is no privacy...

Posted by: Page Schorer on April 8, 2009 6:04 PM

why no to these but yes to postsecrets? a lot of those are just as risque if not more.

Posted by: bruce on April 9, 2009 5:02 PM

why no to these but yes to postsecrets? a lot of those are just as risque if not more.

Posted by: bruce on April 9, 2009 5:03 PM

Keeping in mind the fact that sex sells, I feel like this advertisement does just that. If Rifkin would have done some research and mailed the postcard to a household that matched the demographics and psychgrapics of the audience he wants to see at the theatre, I could see a better argument in his support against the post office.

Posted by: Devin on April 10, 2009 12:38 AM

Keeping in mind the fact that sex sells, I feel like this advertisement does just that. If Rifkin would have done some research and mailed the postcard to a household that matched the demographics and psychograpics of the audience he wants to see at the theatre, I could see a better argument in his support against the post office.

Posted by: Devin on April 10, 2009 12:39 AM

youd think that usps would be lookin for $ these days. my emails are more pornographic and "obscene" these days.

Posted by: john S on April 11, 2009 4:53 AM

youd think that usps would be lookin for $ these days. my emails are more pornographic and "obscene" these days.

Posted by: john S on April 11, 2009 4:54 AM

The postcard seems a lot less obscene than employers placing hidden cameras around the work place. Seems absolutely like prior restraint.

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