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National Attention to LDS Actress' Profanity Objections Continues
(Acting on faith, spurning profanity)
Chronicle of Higher Education pgA12 11Feb00 D2

The story has been picked up by more sensational periodicals, but now the Chronicle of Higher Education is weighing in with this article about the actress from the U of U who wouldn't cuss on stage. The article says: "It's hard to believe that not saying the 'F' word could CAUSE trouble." Christina Axson-Flynn, the actress who refused to muck up her personal standards to use profane language on stage has filed suit against five of her former professors charging that she was forced to leave the department after refusing, for religious reasons, to deliver lines containing what she considered inappropriate language.

The school, which in recent months has been attracting attention as having a serious anti-Mormon undercurrent, says that "the department could have found itself in hot water for copyright violations."

Dave Dineck, the theatre the department head said: "Quality drama and literature often use obscene language, and that does not negate the caliber of the work." Dineck also concludes that when a person is on stage, the persona the actor creates is separate from the real-world person. "It's not her saying the words," he says, "it's her as an actress."


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