Attempt to ban ‘male madam’ Scotty Bowers doco from library

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A rash of complaints about queer material in the Lafayette Public Library in Indiana includes a documentary about the legendary Hollywood male madam, Scotty Bowers.

Scotty Bowers died in 2019 at the age of 96. But in 2012, he published the memoir,  Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. The book documented Scotty’s career as a sex worker and pimp during Hollywood’s golden age.

Scotty Bowers claimed he catered to clients like Cary Grant, Lana Turner, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and even FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Many of his claims initially attracted scepticism. But people like author Gore Vidal, investigative reporter Dominick Dunne and film director John Schlesinger, vouched for his veracity.

Director Matt Tyrnauer released the documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood in 2017. The film features interviews with Scotty Bowers along with some of his friends and family. Scotty talks frankly about sex in the movie, as he always did. The documentary also includes some nudity and a few sex acts.

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Scotty on right

Cancelling Scotty Bowers

The Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports a complaint filed with the library requested the removal of the documentary from the library shelves.

It alleges the movie “has explicit sex of men having orgys and fornication, masturbating which should not be in a library.”

Previously an anti-gay activist filed complaints requesting the removal of This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson and The V-Word by Amber J. Keyser. However, the library review committee voted to deny both requests.

Consequently, local conservatives have attempted to change the composition of the review board. Of course! These people never give up.



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