Let's play an easy game, shall we? When you see this picture, do you consider it:
- a simple kiss
Yeah, I chose option C too.
Newark, New Jersey Superintendent of Schools Marion Bolden chose "illicit" and "provocative." The homophobic school official ordered the picture blacked out with a marker before yearbooks were distributed. Several pictures of straight kids smooching? Perfectly fine. No "retouching" necessary.
Even worse, one of the students pictured, Andre Jackson, had paid an extra $150 to include a page he designed himself in the yearbook - the page featuring him kissing his boyfriend. And worst of all, they let him know ten minutes before they gave everyone their books - and actually held up the distribution until all the yearbooks had the picture blacked out. Can anyone say, "refund?"
Andre Jackson said he never thought he would offend anyone when he bought a page in the yearbook and filled it with several photographs, including one of him kissing his boyfriend.
But Newark Superintendent of Schools Marion Bolden called the photograph "illicit" and ordered it blacked out of the $85 yearbook before it was distributed to students at a banquet for graduating seniors Thursday.
"It looked provocative," she said. "If it was either heterosexual or gay, it should have been blacked out. It's how they posed for the picture."
Russell Garris, the assistant superintendent who oversees the city's high schools, brought the photograph to Bolden's attention Thursday afternoon. He was concerned the picture would be controversial and upsetting to parents, Bolden said.
Ripping the page out entirely was considered but, Bolden said, it was decided blacking it out with a marker would lessen the damage to the yearbooks.
Oh, don't tell the Super about the picture of one guy holding his girlfriend on his lap with his hands on her thighs. She might order a book burning.
Censorship and homophobia - two great American values being taught by the Newark school district. Karl Rove would be so proud!
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