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Poster Fifty Shades of Black 2016 Michael Tiddes Fifty Shades of Black is a 2016 USA comedy by Michael Tiddes.
Starring Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk and Fred Willard. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

An inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship.

It was original passed 18 uncut for cinema for very strong sex references for:

The film distributors appealed to the BBFC for a reconsideration of a 15 rating. The BBFC agreed, commenting:

This work was originally classified 18 with cuts on 27/01/2016. This determination was formally reconsidered by the BBFC at the request of the submitting company. The BBFC carefully considered the arguments put forward by the submitting company, looked again at the relevant submitted material, and concluded that a revision to the original determination was appropriate.

The film is now passed 15 uncut for strong sex references.

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Antichrist DVD Willem Dafoe Antichrist is a 2009 Denmark/Germany/France/Sweden/Italy/Poland drama by Lars Von Trier.
With Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb The film was banned in France in February 2016

Promouvoir, an extremist Catholic pressure group initiated a court case claiming that the films local 16 rating was incorrect and that the film should be restricted to adults only. The moralists won the case and the court agreed that the film is unsuitable for under 18 and revoked the film’s 16 certificate.

Until the film can be re-rated, it is banned from cinema and TV.

The BBFC explained some of the censorship issues when issuing an uncut 18 rating:

At ’18’, the BBFC’s Guidelines state that the more explicit images of sexual activity are unlikely to be permitted unless they can be exceptionally justified by context and the work is not a ‘sex work’. A ‘sex work’ is defined as a work whose ‘primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation’. It is clear that ANTICHRIST is not a ‘sex work’ but a serious drama exploring issues such as grief, loss, guilt and fear. The brief images of explicit real sex (sight of a penis penetrating a vagina during a consensual sex scene and sight of the man’s penis being masturbated to climax) are exceptionally justified, in this context, by the manner in which they illustrate the film’s themes and the nature of the couple’s relationship. Their relationship is depicted throughout in a graphic and unflinching fashion, both psychologically and physically.

The BBFC has permitted comparable explicit images in a number of previous features at the ’18’ level (eg L’EMPIRE DES SENS, 9 SONGS, SHORTBUS and Lars von Trier’s earlier film, THE IDIOTS) where it has been clear that the purpose of the work – and the individual images in question – is not simply to arouse viewers but to illustrate characters, relationships and themes.

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deadpool jan Deadpool is a 2016 Canada / USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Tim Miller.
Starring Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano and Ryan Reynolds. Youtube link IMDb

Uncut and R rated in the US. Banned in China

Deadpool has been rated R by the US film censors at the MPAA. Now there is little hype suggesting that the once scene in the film had to be toned down to achieve that R rating.

The director Time Miller recently held a Q&A session at a Los Angeles fan event where he offered some details on some of the things they had to cut. One particular fight has an extended version with a couple more beats of violence that I liked, but the biggest scene they had to pare down was a bar scene. he explained:

In particular, there was a bar scene that was too vulgar for even the R-rated Deadpool . That bar scene was particularly mean and offensive to a lot of people because T.J. [Miller] and Ryan [Reynolds] got together and wrote a version of the scene that we just said, ‘Oh my God, this is too far.’ I mean there were so many people offended, it would have really been – we couldn’t do it. It was just mean and so I said, ‘No. We don’t have to do that.’

The director added that fans shouldn’t expect the full version of this scene to show up on the impending Blu-ray and DVD release. T.J. Miller added that they did get carried away with this offensive stretch of dialogue and said:

We did kind of go back and forth and it just got more and more hateful. Ryan’s a very, very good improvisor, and he’s very funny and, like, one of the sweetest guys. It was very… heavy duty. There were some riffs that I don’t think – ‘You look like a trucker took a shit on your shoulders and then shaped ears onto it.’ So it’s like, we’re missing some of those things.

Update: 15 rated by the BBFC

2nd February 2016. See article from bbfc.co.uk

The BBFC has just passed Deadpool 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, strong language, sex references for UK cinema release.Deadpool is released in UK Cinemas 10 February.

Update: Director’s Cut

2nd February 2016. See  article from morningnewsusa.com

Director T.J. Miller revealed that there would be a Deadpool director’s cut to be released this year, which would even be more raw than what fans will see onscreen in the current US R rated/UK 15 rated theatrical version. Miller commented:

[The Director’s Cut’s] going to be even more raw, that’s pretty heavy duty.

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who logo The World Health Organisation (WHO) has ludicrously called for films showing smoking to be given an adult rating.Movies showing use of tobacco products have enticed millions of young people worldwide to start smoking , the WHO claimed in a statement.  Dr Douglas Bettcher, WHO’s director for the department of prevention of non-communicable diseases, added:

With ever tighter restrictions on tobacco advertising, film remains one of the last channels exposing millions of adolescents to smoking imagery without restrictions. Smoking in films can be a strong form of promotion for tobacco products.

Of course WHO is unconcerned by the effects of film censors being forced to award blatantly stupid ratings and the effect that this would have on parents’ trust and support of movie ratings.

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coldplay hymn ofr the weekeend video Rajan Zed has criticized Coldplay’s music-video featuring Beyoncé titled Hymn For The Weekend , claiming it trivializes Hinduism.Zed aid that this party-anthem/club-song music-video unnecessarily dragged sacred Hindu concepts and symbols with no linkage to the lyrics/storyline. He wrote:

What was the connection of–depicting one person dressed as Lord Shiva holding a trishul and sitting on the pavement; three persons dressed as Hanumans and standing with gadas leaning against their shoulders; two saffron-clad sadhus (with one on the ground and another high on a bamboo stick holding a mala) sitting on the roadside, as if meditating, with incense burning in front of them–with the lyrics in the video like drink from me ?

Rajan Zed pointed out that Hindus understood that the purpose of Coldplay-Beyoncé in this case apparently was not to denigrate Hinduism, but casual flirting sometimes resulted in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees.

Zed said that Hindus were for free artistic expression and speech as much as anybody else if not more . BUT… faith was something sacred and attempts at trivializing it were disturbing for the followers.

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irvine beat logo Irvine Beat FM is a community radio station licensed to provide a service for people in the Fullarton, Harbourside, Redburn, Vineburgh, Springside and Castlepark areas of Irvine, Scotland.A listener complained to Ofcom that the word chinky was used by the presenter to describe a Chinese take-away meal during the Saturday morning programme and this was a racial slur .

Ofcom noted that the word was used as part of a discussion about how cultured listeners were. The presenter asked listeners a list of ten questions such as:

Do you read daily newspapers?,
Do you watch Question Time? and:
Do you host dinner parties or do you tell your pals to come round and bring a chinky?
well you’re not cultured if that’s the case.

Ofcom considered the use of the word chinky raised potential issues under Rule 2.3 of the Code which states:

In applying generally accepted standards broadcasters must ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context.

we took into account the Licensee’s comments in response to the Preliminary View, namely that: Ofcom’s 2010 research on offensive language did not specifically assess the word chinky as opposed to chink , and that the Scottish Executive report from 2005/6 did not consider possible regional variations in the acceptability of the use of the word chinky .

The 2010 research noted that where a word was considered to be discriminatory, but it had not received the same level of public disapproval as other racist words, some participants from across the UK considered it to be less offensive. For example, some participants felt that chink was less offensive than the words paki or nigger because it was not as well known to be socially unacceptable . However, other participants considered that, in principle, chink was as discriminatory as these words and should be treated in the same way even though it may not be as well known.

Ofcom considered it was likely that listeners throughout the UK would be of the view that the word chinky was a derogatory word and that the use of the word was therefore capable of causing offence and falling short of generally accepted standards, in particular to members of the Chinese community.

Ofcom concluded that the use of the word did not meet generally accepted standards, in breach of Rule 2.3 of the Code.

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crimestoppers advert A Poster for Crimestoppers, seen on the station platform and on a phone box in Rugby, on 29 October and 16 November 2015 respectively, stated BREAK YOUR SILENCE Don’t let drugs and violence rip the heart out of your community and included an image of bloodied hands holding a heart.

Two complainants challenged whether the ad was likely to cause distress, particularly to children, and was therefore inappropriate for outdoor display in an untargeted medium.

Crimestoppers acknowledged that the artwork could be perceived as controversial and were sorry that it had caused distress. They strove to walk the line between effective and potentially difficult imagery in the artwork they used, and said the last thing they wanted to do was alienate members of the public.

ASA Assessment: Complaints upheld

The ASA noted that the image in the ad featured a human heart grasped in bloodied hands, with drips of blood running down the fingers. The image was also accompanied with the claim Don’t let drugs and violence rip the heart out of your community which enhanced the impression that the heart had been ripped out of an individual’s chest. We considered that some individuals, particularly children, who would not necessarily understand the rationale behind the image, might find the bloody image upsetting because of its graphic nature. While we acknowledged the positive intention behind the campaign and understood that the image had been used to emphasise the serious implications of violent crime, we considered that the image was not directly relevant to crime or the overriding message of the campaign. For those reasons, we considered that the ad was likely to cause unjustifiable distress when displayed in an untargeted medium and concluded that it breached the Code.

The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told Crimestoppers Trust to ensure their marketing did not cause undue distress in future.