Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Burlypedia: Banned in Boston
The Puritan-founded city of Boston maintained strict censorship rules when it came to theatrical performances, movies and concerts. From the 19th century on Boston officials regularly banned anything they found to be objectionable, salacious, inappropriate or offensive. The phrase Banned in Boston was used to describe the books, movies and other performances that were prohibited in the city. In burlesque, dancers around the country would perform the Boston or clean version of their routines when cops or vice officials were known to be in the audience. The last of the Boston city censors was Richard Sinnott. After banning Marvin Gaye and the Jackson Five, the appropriately named censor left the post in 1982 when the city elminated the position. In the words of the banned R&B singer, Boston was finally free to get it on.