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CAN YOU TELL the difference between a queer indie movie and a gay porn video? It would appear that music legend Connie Francis can't.

The singer recently filed a lawsuit, for reportedly up to $45 million, against Universal Music Corp. for, among other things, allowing her music to be used in two "vile" and "pornographic" movies that she found objectionable due to their sexual content. (Francis is particularly sensitive to such issues--she has spent many years recovering from being raped in a hotel room in 1974.)

The movies cited in Francis's lawsuit are the critically acclaimed Postcards From America, based on David Wojnarowicz's memoirs of his years as a hustler, and the comedy Jawbreaker, from gay director Darren Stein, which features Rose McGowan doing the nasty with her then-boyfriend Marilyn Manson.

Gay audiences may not think of those Sundance festival selections as porn, but for Francis's attorney, such distinctions are beside the point "She's a rape victim, OK?" Brian Caplan tells The Buzz. "How can one justify using her music in a film where there's a man begging an 11-year-old boy to engage in a form of sexual contact?"

Following the lawsuit's lead, the Associated Press, who should know better, called them "porno movies," and VH1 News, "porn tapes." Next thing you know, we'll be reading news items about that filthy raunchfest Big Eden.
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Title Annotation:Connie Francis suit agains tUniversal Music Corp.
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 16, 2002
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