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WNET nixes ‘Kinsey’ ad

Station fears conservative backlash

Fox Searchlight said Friday that PBS station WNET New York rejected a promotional spot for its sexologist biopic “Kinsey” for fear of a backlash from conservatives who have protested the pic.

In an email from WNET to the Searchlight ad-buying firm, the station said it did not have a problem with the content of the promo, a spot that would have run ahead of programming on the station, but rather was concerned about being connected to the controversial pic.

An email from the station, released by Searchlight, said in part, “We do apologize, but Tom (Conway, the station’s chief financial officer) is not comfortable with the content of this movie and because there has been controversial press re: groups speaking out against the movie/subject matter, we feel we can’t risk viewer complaints on this.”

Earlier, a WNET spokeswoman told the Associated Press the blurb was rejected because it was “too commercial and too provocative.”

Searchlight said in a statement that it was “greatly disappointed” by WNET’s decision and added, “We have faith that other stations will not bow to efforts to censor our film.”

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