Friday, January 12, 2007

Theater chain won't show a film about black college fraternities for fear of attracting gang members

Associated Press:

In his effort to avoid violence, one man has made a controversial decision.

The head of the NAACP branch in Springfield is critical of a decision by the CEO of a theater chain who won't show a film about black college fraternities this week.

The head of Kerasotes Theaters is afraid that showing "Stomp The Yard" would attract gang members. Tony Kerasotes said he didn't make his decision based on race but was worried after a fight and shooting that took place during a screening of "Black Christmas," a horror film that doesn't feature blacks.

The theater owner said he's sure the film about a step-dance competition between schools would draw a gang audience.

'Stomp' will open Sunday


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