Although the only controversial aspect of the movie seems to be the depiction of former president Lyndon Johnson, one Alabama superintendent has decided to ban his students from seeing the movie.
DeKalb County school superintendent Hugh Taylor, who heads up the mostly minority district, canceled a planned field trip for students to see the film over what he described as “racial profanity.”
“I’m eliminating the decision to use taxpayer money to support going to see something that has filthy language..” said Taylor, according to AL.com.
“The request was denied based on language. (The website) told me there were about two F-words in that movie, which I presume may mean more. The school that wanted to go (Collinsville High) is a multicultural school and (the website) said there were going to be 26 African-American connotations, which I thought would probably be inappropriate. I deemed this movie in particular inappropriate and that’s my job as the head of the school system to make those decisions,” he continued.
Although Taylor insists that his only concern with the film is its language and the role in which it puts teachers, some people feel the superintendent isn’t being honest about his motives.
“It raises my curiosity as to whether something that they are not wanting exposed or the children not to know about,” said Reverend James Stanton to WAFF. “I don’t believe it is just about the profanity.”
Taylor, however, is sticking with his decision not to allow students to see the movie.
“We’re trying to be good stewards of taxpayers money, and sending them off to something that has immoral, unethical language, that may provoke other things, I don’t feel like that’s appropriate,” he said.
Taylor is a Republican.