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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What entertainment “crime” would you pardon?

The Associated Press reports that a legendary legal conviction will be vacated after more than 40 years (via the Washington Post):

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Doors singer Jim Morrison will get a posthumous pardon for an indecent exposure conviction in Florida after Gov. Charlie Crist got a commitment for enough votes from other members of the state’s Board of Executive Clemency to approve it.

Morrison was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971. The meeting Thursday comes a day after the singer would have turned 67.

The did-he-or-didn’t-he debate over what happened at the Miami concert was revived by Crist’s interest in the case. The surviving band members say a drunken Morrison teased the crowd, but never exposed himself.

“It never actually happened. It was mass hypnosis,” said Ray Manzarek, The Doors’ keyboard player.

Actual legality aside, some fans might not consider Jim Morrison exposing himself a crime. Pop culture is, in fact, littered with far more offensive crimes against decency: “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus. The oeuvre of Dane Cook. Rob Lowe singing and dancing with Snow White at the Oscars. Cop Rock. Gigli.

What entertainment “crime” would you pardon? And why?

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