73-year-old Montreal teacher fired over porn films she made more than 40 years ago

73-year-old Montreal teacher fired over porn films she made more than 40 years ago

Should there be a statute of limitations on the derelictions of youth? Suppose, to take a hypothetical, a person starred in a porn flick 41 years ago. Should that person be held accountable now?

Brébeuf College in Montreal says yes. The school, which its name notwithstanding is a high school, fired a 73-year-old drama teacher who had appeared in several erotic films in Europe back when she was in her twenties and thirties.

The Globe and Mail reports that the school “terminated the contract of teacher Jacqueline Laurent-Auger after some male high-school students found some of her early acting repertoire online.”

Ms. Laurent-Auger’s early films, including such titles as Le journal intime d’une nymphomane (The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac), date to the 1960s and ’70s when she was a struggling actress who had just graduated from theatre school in Montreal and moved to Paris.

“I did it as a young actress to make a little money,” she said in an interview on Monday. “The idea of throwing someone out the door for something they did almost 50 years ago is idiotic. It makes me angry.”

She’s not the only one who feels this way. The article notes that her “story has elicited widespread sympathy in Quebec.”

The situation is complicated by the fact that the school is a Jesuit-founded institution, which might be said to answer to a higher moral authority. Nevrtheless, many in the province have attacked the school as prudish and shortsighted.

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Jacqueline Laurent-Auger back in the day

The school has released a statement noting:

The fact that these films were shot 40 years ago doesn’t change their bold and suggestive – even explicit – character. The Internet had brought the “erotic portion of [Ms. Laurent-Auger’s] career into the present….”

The availability on the Internet of erotic films in which she acted created an entirely new context that was not ideal for our students. After discussion and reflection, we concluded that adult films must remain just that, a product for adults. That’s why we decided not to renew Mrs. Laurent-Auger’s contract.

Confronted with the charge that her more erotic scenes might serve as “models to follow for high-school students becoming initiated into theatre and arts in general,” Laurent-Auger bristled at eh suggestion, calling the decision “petty and small-minded,” adding, “We’re in the year 2014, not 1950.”

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Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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