Censorship: Laundering the Sheets

The New York Times recently ran a movie ad for The Libertine showing the back of a girl, bare except for panties. The Daily News ran the same ad for one edition — but then sloppily sketched in a bra strap. Apparently, even the notion that the girl might be bare-chested was too much for the News censor.

The ad mat for The Killing of Sister George features the face of a woman into whose leonine hairdo is woven a nude female figure. Some papers ran the ad intact; some performed surgery on the...

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