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LSC apologizes for offensive cartoon

Hello. I've been asked to electronically submit the following "Letter to the Editor" to The Tech. I'm not a primary signatory to the letter, but I am a member of the LSC Executive Committee. Questions concerning this letter should be directed to the Chairman or Friday Night Director of LSC, who may be reached at 253-3791.

Brian LaMacchia

LSC Treasurer

bal@zurich.ai.mit.edu ---Submission follows---

I am writing in response to Michael J. Zammit G's recent letter to The Tech ["Cartoon screening insensitive," Oct. 11].

It is the policy of the MIT Lecture Series Committee to show short subjects (e. g., cartoons) before all LSC movies, when time permits. We try to select shorts which relate to the movies; for example, we will be show

ing Rabbit Hood before Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. When we cannot find a short which relates to our main feature, we show an unrelated short which we hope our audience will enjoy.

It is also our policy to screen all movies and shorts before the show date to check for print quality and appropriateness. Unfortunately, the shorts for the weekend of Oct. 4 did not arrive until that Friday afternoon so we were unable to screen them beforehand. Had we known the content of the short Three for Breakfast, we would not have shown it before Ju Dou. The only information we had on this Disney short was a one-sentence blurb from the distributor: "The hunger-crazed chipmunks are obsessed with pilfering flapjacks from master chef Donald Duck." No reference was made to the final scene.

LSC does not intend to offend its audiences when selecting movies and short subjects. We regret having offended anyone in the MIT community.

Kathleen Mahoney '92left message->

Chairman->

Jennifer Schwartz '93->

Friday Night Director->

on behalf of the Lecture Series Committee->