The age of political correctness…The BBFC tries its hand at age ratings for politically incorrect websites

Posted: 19 July, 2015 in BBFC
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not 606 logo As noted in the recently published Annual Report, theBBFC are adjudicating on appeals against unfair website blocking by mobile service providers.There’s a few interesting decisions mainly in areas of age classifications for PC sensitive website themes.

For instance one of the early decisions was about banter on a sports forum featuring a ‘rape gallery’ highlighting attractive girls. The feature seems to have been deleted from the current forums on offer.

The BBFC reports:

A member of the public was concerned about several chat forum threads on not606.com which were available on an operator’s mobile service, ranging from jokes about the Bin Laden family, to images with a sexual element, and a thread encouraging members to post pictures of people they would rape, described as a ‘Rape Gallery’, alongside written comments about raping these individuals.

Adjudication

The BBFC reviewed the content on 5 November 2013.

We partially upheld the complaint. Much of the humorous content was aimed at adolescents and was suitable, under BBFC Guidelines, for 15 year olds and above. This content therefore did not require restriction to adults only. However, we took the view that, while the Rape Gallery might have been intended to be funny, many would not find it so, and, moreover, that it posed a non-trivial harm risk by presenting women as rape targets.

We concluded that it would be classified at least 18 or R18, and might potentially be refused classification.

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