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Outlaw Comic: The Censoring of Bill Hicks (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Documentary, Drama  |  15 June 2003 (USA)
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Good documentary, though presented in a hypocritical format
11 July 2003 | by (Fairmont, WV) – See all my reviews

I must say, this documentary was very well made. It featured footage of the late, great Bill Hicks I had never seen before and told details of his life I had never known about. In fact, there's only one problem about the documentary: it was presented on basic cable.

Trio! aired this during their "Uncensored Comedy" month. The really great thing is, get this, everything aired during the month was completely edited. Do you realize how hypocritical it is to release a documentary on why it was wrong to censor a genius like Bill Hicks, only to censor him once again post-mortem? Comedy Central has gotten away with airing severely offensive material, such as South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, without any problems. If Trio was planning on censoring this, they should have never claimed it was uncensored.

The best example of this occurs during the end credit. Footage of Hicks flipping off the crowd is shown with his middle fingers obscured by large bars reading "CENSORED", while Trio's UNCENSORED Comedy month logo gleams in the lower right corner.

Great idea, great documentary, but full of bad choices of editing. Maybe in the future, a truly uncensored version of this documentary will be seen.

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