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A harmful and offensive attack on free speech...

ASA starts enforcing its new PC rule to censor gender stereotypes that it does not like


Link Here 15th June 2019
Full story: PC censorship in the UK...ASA introduce politically correct censorship rules for adverts

ASA's new rule banning harmful gender stereotypes in ads has come into force.

The new rule in the Advertising Codes, which will apply to broadcast and non-broadcast media (including online and social media), states:

[Advertisements] must not include gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence.

This change follows a review of gender stereotyping in ads by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).  Following the review, CAP (the rulle writing arm of ASA) consulted publicly on specific proposals to ban harmful gender stereotypes in ads, underpinned by the evidence collected by the ASA. The proposed restrictions were supported by a majority of respondents.

The evidence does not show that the use of gender stereotypes is always problematic and the new rule does not seek to ban gender stereotypes outright, but to identify specific harms that should be prevented.

The advertising industry has had six months to get ready for the new rule. The ASA will now deal with any complaints it receives on a case-by-case basis and will assess each ad by looking at the content and context to determine if the new rule has been broken.

Scenarios in ads likely to be problematic under the new rule include:

  • An ad that depicts a man with his feet up and family members creating mess around a home while a woman is solely responsible for cleaning up the mess.

  • An ad that depicts a man or a woman failing to achieve a task specifically because of their gender e.g. a man's inability to change nappies; a woman's inability to park a car.

  • Where an ad features a person with a physique that does not match an ideal stereotypically associated with their gender, the ad should not imply that their physique is a significant reason for them not being successful, for example in their romantic or social lives.

  • An ad that seeks to emphasise the contrast between a boy's stereotypical personality (e.g. daring) with a girl's stereotypical personality (e.g. caring) needs to be handled with care.

  • An ad aimed at new mums which suggests that looking attractive or keeping a home pristine is a priority over other factors such as their emotional wellbeing.

  • An ad that belittles a man for carrying out stereotypically female roles or tasks.

The rule and its supporting guidance doesn't stop ads from featuring:

  • A woman doing the shopping or a man doing DIY.

  • Glamorous, attractive, successful, aspirational or healthy people or lifestyles.

  • One gender only, including in ads for products developed for and aimed at one gender.

  • Gender stereotypes as a means to challenge their negative effects.

CAP will carry out a review of the new rule in 12 months' time to make sure it's meeting its objective to prevent harmful gender stereotypes.

 

 

Updated: Corrosive PC...

Interesting BBC developments as it reconsiders its position after originally laughing off Jo Brand joking that Nigel Farage was more deserving of battery acid than milkshake


Link Here 15th June 2019
Speaking on Radio 4's Heresy show last night, comedian Jo Brand joked:

 Certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore, and they're very, very easy to hate.

And I'm kind of thinking, why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?

That's just me, sorry, I'm not gonna do it, it's purely a fantasy. But I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do. Sorry.

Presumably she was referring to Nigel Farage being hit with a milkshake whist campaigning before the European elections.

The gag was met with howls of laughter from the studio audience and show host Victoria Coren Mitchell didn't appear concerned by the remarks.

The gag has caused a bit of a flurry of complaints eliciting an initial response from the BBC.

The Sun reported that the BBC refused to apologise for the broadcast and said remarks on the comedy show were not intended to be taken seriously.  A spokeswoman said:

Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously.

But this of course highlights rather obvious injustice in the kangaroo court system whose jurisdiction is political correctness. Had a male comedian joked about similarly about a female politician, then that comedian would have been marched off the premises, and the police would have been waiting on his doorstep when he arrived home. And I guess a similar thought would go through the mind of anyone reading about the BBC response to the joke.

But perhaps the BBC has realised that it has been to blatant in its biased version of PC justice and has taken the unusual action of asking interested viewers to be informed of the official response to the complaints by email rather than the BBFC publishing its response on its website.

Meanwhile Nigel Farage has responded saying: T his is incitement of violence and the police need to act.

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom confirmed it had received 19 complaints from angry listeners since the show was broadcast.

Perhaps it is about time that the politically correct police and media realised that it is simply unjust to tacitly support the milkshaking of politicians who are considered politically incorrect. It is demonstrating the human failing that anyone granted power over others, may and will use that power to abuse those less favoured. An observation that applies equally to all genders, sexualities, religions and races.

Update: Theresa May weighs in

14th June 2019. See article from bbc.com and article from bbc.co.uk

Prime Minister Theresa May has said the BBC should explain why a Jo Brand joke about throwing battery acid was appropriate content for broadcast. The prime minister's spokesman said

Mrs May has been clear politicians should be able to go about their work and campaign without harassment, intimidation or abuse.

The BBC has removed a Jo Brand joke from its iPlayer catch-up service after it was suggested that it condoned violence.

Update: Inequality at the BBC

15th June 2019. See article from telegraph.co.uk See also article from bbc.co.uk

Jo Brand will be back on Radio 4 next week, as police confirmed they will take no further action over her comments.

The Telegraph understands that internally, the BBC are resolutely supporting Brand, with one insider saying:

Jo Brand is a much loved comedian and part of the Radio 4 family -- she will continue to be so, and will continue to appear on our programmes.

The full BBC response which was belatedly published on its website reads:

Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously. We carefully considered the programme before broadcast. It was never intended to encourage or condone violence, and it does not do so, but we have noted the strong reaction to it. Comedy will always push boundaries and will continue to do so, but on this occasion we have decided to edit the programme. We regret any offence we have caused.

It is good that the BBC is standing up against political correctness censorship but it seems unlikely that the BBC would be so supportive of a male comedian. In fact this case could set an interesting precedent as very few other complaints get quite so close to actually  inciting violence as Jo Brand's comment. So surely any future sacking for a PC joke will always be compared with this deciion.

Meanwhile Ofcom said they had received 287 complaints about the comments. Ofcom allows complaints about BBC programmes to be assessed by the BBC first, so it will take some time, if ever, before Ofcom considers the case.

 

 

Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

The Doors: The Final Cut


Link Here 15th June 2019
film Cinema

BBFC decisions on 13 June 2019

Division 19

Division 19 is a 2017 UK / USA action Sci-Fi thriller by SA Halewood.
Starring Lotte Verbeek, Linus Roache and Alison Doody. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC uncut
94:00s
15 UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, bloody injury detail:
  • 2019 cinema release

Summary Notes

2039. Jails have been turned into online portals where the public gets to choose what prisoners eat, wear, watch and who they fight. So successful is Panopticon TV, it is about to be rolled out to a whole town, providing subscribers even more choice.

Spider-man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home is a 2019 USA action comedy adventure by Jon Watts.
Starring Tom Holland, Angourie Rice and Zendaya. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC uncut
129:15s
12A UK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate fantasy violence, threat, sex references, language:
  • 2019 cinema release

Summary Notes

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

film Community Cinema

BBFC decisions on 13 June 2019

Game Over

Game Over is a 2019 India / Turkey thriller by Ashwin Saravanan.
Starring Taapsee Pannu, Parvathi T and Vinodhini Vaidynathan. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC uncut
102:28s
18 UK: Hindi and Tamil versions passed 18 uncut for strong sadistic violence:
  • 2019 cinema release
 

Summary Notes

A nyctophobic woman has to fight her inner demons to stay alive in the game called life.

Shadaa

Shadaa is a 2019 India comedy romance by Jagdeep Sidhu.
Starring Diljit Dosanjh, Neeru Bajwa and Anita Devgan. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC uncut
127:45s
PG UK: Passed PG uncut for mild bad language, sex references:
  • 2019 cinema release
video Film on DVD

BBFC decisions on 13 June 2019

3 Faces

3 Faces is a 2018 Iran drama by Jafar Panahi.
Starring Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi and Marziyeh Rezaei. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC uncut
96:36s
15 UK: Passed 15 uncut for suicide references:
  • 2019 Verve Pictures [Subtitled] video

Summary Notes

Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is left distraught when she comes across a provincial girl's video plea for help, after her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help with the young girl's troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest, where they have amusing encounters with the charming and generous folk of the girl's mountain village. But Behnaz and Jafar also discover that old traditions die hard.

The Doors

The Doors is a 1991 USA music biography by Oliver Stone.
Starring Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan. BBFC link IMDb

Exists as a Theatrical Version and the Final Cut, shortened by the director.

Oliver Stone commented about his Final Cut:

I've made one cut of 3 minutes to a scene I thought it was superfluous to the ending, which helps close the film in a more powerful way.

BBFC uncut
132:27s
18 UK: Passed 18 uncut for drug misuse:
  • 2019 Studio Canal video

Promotional Material

Synopsis Discover this stunning, new 4K restoration of Oliver Stone's psychedelic music biopic , brought to life with Dolby Atmos, that will take audiences back into the world and sounds of one of the most iconic rock bands in history. A sonic journey that brilliantly captured the furious energy of the 60s and the myth of The Doors' iconic front man, Jim Morrison - the man whose music shaped an era. "This brand new 4K restoration of THE DOORS in Dolby Atmos will provide far greater overall clarity and dimension for the audience (...) I wanted the film to be as immersive as possible to a real 60s Doors experience." - Oliver Stone -

Extras: Includes two versions of the film - the Theatrical 1991 Cut and brand new The Final Cut New interview with Oliver Stone New interview with Lon Bender, mixer for new Dolby Atmos mix Deleted Scenes Jim Morrison: A Poet in Paris THE ROAD TO EXCESS documentary THE DOORS IN LA Audio commentary with Oliver Stone Selected EPK highlights

Memoir of War

Memoir of War is a 2017 France / Belgium / Switzerland drama by Emmanuel Finkiel.
Starring Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel and Benjamin Biolay. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC uncut
121:09s
12 UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate injury detail, distressing scenes:
  • 2019 Verve Pictures [Subtitled] video

Summary Notes

June 1944, France is still under the German occupation. The writer and communist Robert Antelme, major figure of the Resistance, is arrested and deported. His young wife Marguerite Duras, writer and resistant, is torn by the anguish of not having news of her and her secret affair with her comrade Dyonis. She meets a French agent working at the Gestapo, Pierre Rabier, and, ready to do anything to find her husband, puts himself to the test of an ambiguous relationship with this troubled man, only to be able to help him. The end of the war and the return of the camps announce to Marguerite Duras the beginning of an unbearable wait, a slow and silent agony in the midst of the chaos of the Liberation of Paris.

vod VoD

BBFC decisions on 13 June 2019

Absentia

Absentia - Season 2 Official Teaser is a video by Oded Ruskin, Adam Sanderson and Kasia Adamik.
Starring Stana Katic, Patrick Heusinger and Cara Theobald. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Absentia - Season 2 Official Teaser Passed 15 for Ratings info for this work will be available on or after 16/03/2019. (1:03s)
  • Absentia - Season 2 Official Trailer Passed 15 for Ratings info for this work will be available on or after 26/04/2019. (1:00s)
  • Season 2, Episodes 1-10 Passed 15 for strong violence, gore, sexual threat, sex, suicide, drug misuse, language (419:46s)

Too Old To Die Young

Too Old To Die Young - Season 1 Official Trailer is a video by Nicolas Winding Refn. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Too Old To Die Young - Season 1 Official Trailer Passed 15
  • Season 1, Episodes 1-10 Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sex references, sexual threat (755:22s)
TV Censorship TV on DVD

BBFC decisions on 13 June 2019

Absentia

Absentia is a crime drama by Oded Ruskin.
Starring Stana Katic, Patrick Heusinger and Cara Theobald. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 2, Episode 1 Passed 15 for strong language, threat, sex (43:21s)
  • Season 2, Episode 10 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate violence, bloody images (42:57s)
  • Season 2, Episode 2 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate threat, sex references (40:50s)
  • Season 2, Episode 3 Passed 15 for strong language, drug misuse, violence, bloody images (41:22s)
  • Season 2, Episode 4 Passed 15 for strong violence, bloody images (38:43s)
  • Season 2, Episode 5 Passed 12 for moderate violence, threat, infrequent strong language (39:46s)
  • Season 2, Episode 6 Passed 15 for strong violence, sexual threat, threat (45:26s)
  • Season 2, Episode 7 Passed 15 for strong violence, gory images, suicide scene (40:26s)
  • Season 2, Episode 8 Passed 12 for moderate disturbing scenes, threat (44:41s)
  • Season 2, Episode 9 Passed 15 for strong violence, threat, bloody images (42:14s)
  • Season 2, Episodes 1-10 Passed 15 for strong violence, gore, sexual threat, sex, suicide, drug misuse, language (419:46s)

Abyss

Abyss is a drama BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 10 Passed 12 for moderate threat, language (60:21s)
  • Season 1, Episode 11 Passed 15 for strong violence (66:27s)
  • Season 1, Episode 12 Passed 15 for scene of domestic violence (68:00s)
  • Season 1, Episode 3 Passed 15 for brief strong threat, violence (66:01s)
  • Season 1, Episode 4 Passed 15 for moderate bloody images, threat, language, violence (61:17s)
  • Season 1, Episode 5, Episode 5 Passed 15 for strong violence, injury detail, bloody images (61:31s)
  • Season 1, Episode 6, Episode 6 Passed 15 for strong threat, violence (61:22s)
  • Season 1, Episode 7 Passed 15 for brief strong threat (57:43s)
  • Season 1, Episode 8 Passed 15 for strong bloody images (59:22s)
  • Season 1, Episode 9 Passed 15 for strong threat, distressing scenes (59:45s)

One Spring Night

One Spring Night is a romance by Ahn Pan-seok.
Starring Han Ji-min, Jung Hae-in and Kim Jun-han. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 Passed PG for mild bad language (66:41s)
  • Season 1, Episode 2 Passed PG for mild injury detail (64:42s)
  • Season 1, Episode 3 Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm (63:50s)
  • Season 1, Episode 4 Passed PG for mild sex references, language (64:00s)
  • Season 1, Episode 5 Passed 12 for brief moderate threat (63:19s)
  • Season 1, Episode 7 Passed PG for mild bad language (63:45s)
  • Season 1, Episode 8 Passed 12 for infrequent moderate bad language (63:30s)

Sweetbitter

Sweetbitter is a drama by Augustine Frizzell and Geeta Patel.
Starring Ella Purnell, Jimmie Saito and Gabriel Gutierrez. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 2, Episodes 1-8 Passed 15 for very strong language, strong sexualised nudity, sex, drug misuse (229:36s)

Too Old To Die Young

Too Old To Die Young is a drama by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Starring Miles Teller, Billy Baldwin and Jena Malone. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 Passed 15 for strong language, bloody images, drug misuse (92:50s)
  • Season 1, Episode 10 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, strong sex, sex references (30:21s)
  • Season 1, Episode 2 Passed 15 for strong violence, language, drug misuse (96:56s)
  • Season 1, Episode 3 Passed 15 for strong violence (76:01s)
  • Season 1, Episode 4 Passed 15 for strong violence, sex references, bloody images (63:29s)
  • Season 1, Episode 5 Passed 18 for strong sex references, sexual threat (75:58s)
  • Season 1, Episode 6 Passed 15 for strong language, bloody violence, drug misuse, sex references (91:16s)
  • Season 1, Episode 7 Passed 18 for strong bloody violence (70:36s)
  • Season 1, Episode 8 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, strong sex (88:12s)
  • Season 1, Episode 9 Passed 15 for strong language, sex, violence (69:43s)
  • Season 1, Episodes 1-10 Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sex references, sexual threat (755:22s)
Preview Coming Soon

BBFC decisions on 13 June 2019

Trailers:
  • Armstrong
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Hero
  • Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark
  • Transit

Brooklyn Nine-nine

Additional Material:

  • Brooklyn Nine-nine [Additional Material, Deleted Scenes]

 

 

Shopping: Lifeforce...

1985 UK / USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Tobe Hooper just released on UK Blu-ray in two versions


Link Here 15th June 2019
Lifeforce is a 1985 UK / USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Tobe Hooper.
Starring Steve Railsback, Mathilda May and Peter Firth. BBFC link IMDb
Uncut in Europe but shortened and altered to play down the vampires for US release
UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for for strong horror, gore, nudity::
  • 2019 Arrow Special Edition [International + US Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th June 2019
  • 2019 Arrow Video Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, THE TERROR BEGINS.

When a space shuttle crew finds a mysterious spacecraft containing three human-looking creatures in a state of suspended animation, they bring them back to Earth for further investigation.

It's only then that scientists discover that they are in fact a race of space vampires that feed off people's life-force rather than their blood. So when they escape and run amok in London, the consequences are apocalyptic - and the shuttle crew's only survivor (Steve Railsback) seems to be the only man who can stop them.

Based on Colin Wilson s novel The Space Vampires , co-written by Dan O Bannon (Alien, Return of the Living Dead) and directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist), this lively sci-fi horror romp has a stellar cast including Peter Firth, Frank Finlay and Patrick Stewart - although it's Mathilda May's appearance as a naked female alien that attracts most attention to this day.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of both the Theatrical and International Versions, both from new 4K restorations
  • Optional uncompressed 2.0 Stereo PCM and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound
  • Isolated Music and Effects Soundtrack
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with Tobe Hooper, moderated by filmmaker Tim Sullivan
  • Audio commentary with Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Douglas Smith, moderated by filmmaker and scholar Howard S. Berger
  • Audio commentary with make-up effects artist Nick Maley, moderated by filmmaker Michael Felsher
  • Cannon Fodder: The Making of Lifeforce - An epic UK-exclusive look at the genesis, production and release of Lifeforce featuring interviews with Hooper, producer Michael J. Kagan, editor John Grover, actors Aubrey Morris and Nicholas Ball, makeup artist Sandra Exelby, screenwriter Michael Armstrong, sound designer Vernon Messenger, artistic designers Tom Adams and Douglas Smith and effects artist John Schoonraad.
  • Space Vampires in London: An interview with Tobe Hooper
  • Dangerous Beauty: An interview with Mathilda May, Lifeforce s iconic star
  • Carlsen s Curse: Star Steve Railsback looks back on Lifeforce and his career
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  •  

     

    Offsite Article: Visions of Ecstasy...


    Link Here 15th June 2019
    Banned in 1989. In this ongoing series, Sam Inglis casts a retrospective look on films that were banned from exhibition by the British censor.

    See article from thelondoneconomic.com

     

     

    Offsite Article: Christian Concerns...


    Link Here 15th June 2019
    Full story: Online Harms White Paper...UK Government seeks to censor social media
    Who'd have thought that a Christian Campaign Group would be calling on its members to criticise the government's internet censorship bill in a consultation

    See article from christianconcern.com

     

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