Religious Group Campaigns To Ban Fanning Film
LATEST: A US religious group is demanding a global ban of controversial new movie HOUNDDOG, insisting it "celebrates" paedophilia.
The film has sparked outrage following its premiere at Utah's Sundance Film Festival on Monday (22JAN07), because it features a graphic rape scene involving 12-year-old actress DAKOTA FANNING.
Now the Catholic League For Religious And Civil Rights has organised a petition to have the film banned.
BILL DONOHOE, the organisation's director, says, "How can we celebrate paedophilia in this so-called artistic way?
"Five or six years ago this girl was on a tricycle. There has to be some line of decency which Hollywood will not cross."
Hounddog's makers insist the scene is tastefully shot, with Fanning wearing a body suit and partially obscured by shadow. Fanning's mother JOY was present during filming.