Tuesday, September 15, 2009

City Council Strikes Down Mask Ordinance

Pittsburgh City Council is expected to vote tomorrow on a series of security ordinances related to the upcoming G-20 economic summit. Council already has moved to a final vote to strike down an ordinance that would have allowed protesters to watch the 2005 "comedy" Son of The Mask.

"The city of Pittsburgh has been around for 193 years and has survived Ishtar, Glitter and Troll 2, and there is no reason that we need to make outlaws of people with poor taste in movies now." said Councilman Bill Peduto. "The test of cinema doesn't come with movies that are good. The test of cinema comes with movies that suck. This is one of those movies. And boy does this movie test us."

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl proposed the ordinances last month after seeing a late night rerun of the movie on Comedy Central, and then spending the next day in the hospital for nausea.

Councilman Jim Motznik said the Son of the Mask ordinance would have helped T.V., Movie, and Theater critics safeguard people and businesses when thousands of protesters gather Downtown as world leaders meet at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. "Tear gas, rock throwing, and even Molotov cocktails we can deal with, but this movie... it's horrible. A crime of Hollywood. What was Alan Cumming thinking?"

In the sequel to the much more appealing Mask, Jamie Kennedy plays an aspiring cartoonist, who finds himself in a predicament when his dog stumbles upon the mask of Loki. Then after conceiving an infant son, "hilarity" ensues. It won the 2006 Razzie Award for worst remake or sequel.

No word on whether the city will allow any showings of the Ed Wood classic Plan 9 from Outer Space. A final vote is pending.

1 comment:

AlanSmithee said...

I hear that protesters who get busted will be forced to watch Battlefield Earth until catatonia sets in.