1969 December 11

Nudity Bad for Communism!


The Writer’s Union in the Soviet Union on this day declared nudity in the musical revue Oh Calcutta, then playing in New York, to be a sign of “western decadence.” The revue opened in New York City in June 1969. A subsequent revival ran for 5,959 performances, making it one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. (The title is a pun on a vulgar French expression.) Totalitarian regimes are repressive in the arts, as well as in politics. After all, if you allow freedom of expression in one area, people will demand it in others.

Watch a video of Oh Calcutta [YouTube requires you to verify your age]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3x6ju7rWY4

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