Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Stop censorship...

Item in the Metro today: 

This is the story that the British Board of Film Classification have ruled that 'The Human Centipede II' "poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers". 

Any regular reader will know that I am opposed to any intervention which limits an adult's freedom of choice.  I have no problem regarding the BBFC classifying films, nobody wants children exposed to imagery that they aren't ready for, however once we hit adulthood I think we should be left to choose our own paths (as long as this doesn't impede anyone else's freedom) and not being forced or manipulated into being the population that the ruling class would like us to be.  Just because one person doesn't find something suitable doesn't mean that others wouldn't enjoy it - and it also doesn't mean they are going to go straight out and recreate the scenes.  

As far as I'm concerned if the BBFC has any worries about a film such as this, then a warning message should be prominently displayed on any packaging and perhaps massive advertising restrictions should be in place but still leave it up to the individual if they want to watch it.  To ban it altogether though goes against everything I believe in - and will probably generate more publicity for the film and it's predecessor possibly leading to more people seeing it.

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