Labour's culture spokesman, Gloria De Piero has written to Culture Minister Ed Vaizey to re-open an old whinge about music and sport videos being exempt from the Video Recordings Act.
I have seen some of this content, which includes cage fighting, dangerous combat techniques, topless lap-dancing, illegal drug abuse, and racism. It is clearly unsuitable.
Yet because the video is of a type that which enjoys exemption from statutory classification and because the content falls short of the extreme content which causes the video to lose that exemption, it may be supplied to children.
The Government needs to act.
Mr Vaizey expects to make an announcement on the issue soon, she said.
Responsible parts of the video industry do send problematic exempt material to the BBFC for classification but others do not. A BBFC spokesman said:
When the Act was passed in 1984, legislators could not have anticipated some of the material which is legally claiming exemption today.
This means that children can legally obtain this potentially harmful material with no restriction on its supply.
The BBFC believes, along with politicians and parents, that the more extreme music and sport DVDs and some documentaries, should lose their exempt status and be give appropriate age restrictions to protect children.'
Comment: 18 rated sport
1st April 2011. From goatboy
There are UFC DVDs available unrated in the UK that almost certainly would have been BBFC 18 had they been submitted.
Heck UFC 107 - Penn vs. Sanchez is unrated and the main event in that one is a total bloodbath.
However UFC bouts have rules decided on by the various US state athletic commissions, and is most certainly a sport.
In addition I doubt they have many fans under 18, I'd guess them going out unrated is just to save the BBFCs fees rather than attracting a young audience.