A 73-year-old teacher from Montreal was reportedly fired for a career decision she made more than 40 years ago while working as an actress: she appeared nude in several European films when she was in her thirties.
Drama teacher Jacqueline Laurent-Auger was reportedly fired from private school Brebeuf College after some of her male high school students found her old films online, reports The Globe and Mail.
After graduating from theatre school in Montreal in the 1960s and moving to Paris, Laurent-Auger reportedly struggled to find acting work and agreed to appear in films like "Le journal intime d’une nymphomane" – which translates to "The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac."
“I did it as a young actress to make a little money,” Laurent-Auger said. “The idea of throwing someone out the door for something they did almost 50 years ago is idiotic. It makes me angry.”
Brebeuf College is an institution that has Jesuit roots. Despite how its administration has been chastised by the teacher’s supporters for retroactively “slut-shaming” the woman, school officials released a statement defending the decision to terminate Laurent-Auger’s contract after 15 years of employment.
“The fact that these films were shot 40 years ago doesn’t change their bold and suggestive – even explicit – character,” the college said in its statement. “The Internet has brought the ‘erotic portion of [Ms. Laurent-Auger’s] career into the present’ and the students’ discovery of their teacher’s films affected the atmosphere in class.”
The school continued, “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.”
Laurent-Auger says when she was told in July that she wasn’t being invited to return to the school, she asked if her teaching performance had anything to do with it – and it didn’t, she says.
“This is petty and small-minded,” she said. “We’re in the year 2014, not 1950.”
Source: The Globe and Mail
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