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Univ. of Utah
students protest Brokeback-banning theater owner

Univ. of Utah
students protest Brokeback-banning theater owner

The controversy over Larry H. Miller's decision to pull Brokeback Mountain from his theaters is back. This time it's causing a stir on the University of Utah campus.

Some students protested Friday during the school's "Discover U" event, where Miller was a special speaker. The students are upset over Miller's recent boycott of the Oscar-winning movie, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as gay cowboys in 1960s Wyoming. In January, Miller pulled the controversial film from the Jordan Commons theater in Sandy.

Miller spoke with students and faculty behind closed doors about why he canceled the Western gay romance movie from his theater. Miller told the group that while he does not regret his decision, he says he now has a better understanding of why there was so much opposition.

The school's "Discover U" days are designed as a celebration of higher education. And although students protested, Miller came only to talk about investing in higher education. Miller owns the Utah Jazz, the Delta Center, and the Megaplex Theaters, among other holdings. (AP)

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