The BBFC decides that nonsensical christian websites should be banned to under 18s for silly religious conspiracies about gays, jews and coronavirus
||7th April 2021 |
See report [pdf] from darkroom.bbfc.co.uk
The BBFC arbitrates on contested decisions on decisions that mobile phone companies make on blocking websites to customers who have not verified themselves as over
One such decision shows that the BBFC are imposing their woke morality on such decisions. A notable case is the website is Christian Voice. This group has long features on Melon Farmers for being a pretty standard christian group with a pet peeve
about gay people, considered something of a biblical abomination, citing a famous verse from the Bible in the book Leviticus.
The BBFC writes about two christian websites:
Christian Voice - christianvoice.org.uk
The BBFC viewed the website on 29 March 2021. The URL leads to the UK-based campaign group which advocates for legal and political reform through a literal interpretation of the
Bible. Numerous articles on the site make negative generalisations about particular groups of people (for example, transgender people) which could be interpreted as having the potential to encourage discriminatory and harmful views.
As a result, we would classify the site at least 18.
The Good News About God - goodnewsaboutgod.com
The BBFC viewed the website on 15 January 2021. We noted that the site presents as a religious blog discussing faith and health. Numerous articles on the site make negative
generalisations about particular groups of people (for example, Jewish people) which could be interpreted as having the potential to encourage discriminatory and harmful views.
As such, we did not consider the website to be
suitable for people under the age of 18 and would classify it at least 18.
The BBFC have also pronounced that two rather political websites that are very critical of islam and judaism should also be banned to under 18s:
The Religion of Peace - thereligionofpeace.com
The BBFC viewed the website on 17 February 2021. We noted that the site presents as a current affairs website discussing news concerning Muslims
and Islam. Numerous articles on the site make negative generalisations about particular groups of people (for example, Muslims) which could be interpreted as having the potential to encourage discriminatory and harmful views.
As such, we did not consider the website to be suitable for people under the age of 18 and would classify it at least 18.
Jihad Watch - jihadwatch.com
The BBFC viewed the website on 17 February 2021. We noted that the site presents as a current affairs website discussing news concerning Muslims and Islam. Numerous
articles on the site make negative generalisations about particular groups of people (for example, Muslims) which could be interpreted as having the potential to encourage discriminatory and harmful views.
As such, we did not
consider the website to be suitable for people under the age of 18 and would classify it at least 18.
Heritage and Destiny - heritageanddestiny.com
The BBFC viewed the website on 22 March 2021. The
URL leads to a political site with articles and reviews expressing an ethno-nationalist perspective. During our sampling of the site we noted uncritical examples of Holocaust scepticism, anti-Semitism and discrimination, all of which could be interpreted
as encouraging harmful attitudes towards particular groups (for example, Jewish people).
As such we would classify this site at least 18.
|24th March 2021
Woke trans propaganda from the BBFC draws an inevitably critical response from the Daily Mail
article from dailymail.co.uk
The British board of film censors bans the video nasty re-release of The Gestapo's Last Orgy
26th January 2021
The Gestapo's Last Orgy is a 1977 Italian prison film by Cesare Canevari.
With Adriano Micantoni, Daniela Poggi and Maristella Greco.
In the tradition of THE NIGHT PORTER, SALON KITTY and
SALO only far more depraved comes perhaps the most notorious Nazisploitation epic of them all: Daniela Levy stars as a beautiful young death camp prisoner forced into a nightmare of brutality, torment and sexual degradation. But will a Commandant's
vilest urge trigger her ultimate vengeance? Marc Loud co-stars in this fetid slice of filth-strudel
The BBFC has just banned a Blu-ray re-release of the notable Video Nasty The Gestapo's Last Orgy. The video was banned as a video
nasty in 1984 and has never been released in the UK since. The video is available uncut in the US though.
The BBFC seems to be embracing more politically correct language in its rating explanations and consumer advice lately, so it is getting hard
to distinguish the reasoned explanation form exaggeration and propaganda. Anyway the BBFC explained the ban as follows:
THE GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is an Italian exploitation film, from 1977, in which a Jewish
woman revisits the site of a concentration camp in which she was formerly imprisoned and subjected to torture, terrorisation, humiliation and sexual violence.
BBFC Guidelines state that: As a last resort, the BBFC may refuse to
classify a work --.where a central concept of the work is unacceptable, such as a sustained focus on rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or sadistic violence.
THE GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is largely composed of scenes
of strong sadistic violence, humiliation, degradation and non-consensual sexual activity, including rape, all of which occurs within a clearly anti-Semitic context. Its central concept is therefore unacceptable, and the sadistic and sexually abusive
material it contains is too pervasive to be effectively addressed by cuts.
Accordingly, the BBFC has refused classification to this work.
Offsite Comment: Still Too
Outrageous For Britain's Censors
27th January 2021. See article from reprobatepress.com
The very idea that a
work of fiction -- a very clear work of fiction -- can somehow deprave and corrupt an otherwise normal person (and make no mistake, the idea of corruption is one of unbalancing the normal individual, not tipping an already morally disturbed individual
over the edge) is one that belongs in a past that we have long left behind. There's no scientific evidence to back it up, and the whole idea belongs more to the enforcement of morality -- the prevention of bad ideas entering the public sphere -- than
stopping actual harm to anyone.
Read the full article from reprobatepress.com
BBFC launches new Youth Panel
January 2021 |
See press release from bbfc.co.uk
The BBFC is launching a Youth Panel, for 16-19 year olds, to build on the organisation's existing youth work, and give the next generation an opportunity to influence classification policy as well as a chance to build vital life skills.
The BBFC Youth
Panel will capture the youth voice and ensure that the organisation continues to meet the needs of young people, and classification policy captures their views. The group will also provide feedback on classification issues and decisions, and be consulted
on other educational and outreach work. Sarah Peacock, Compliance and Education Manager at the BBFC, said:
Over the last year we've all spent more time in the digital world than ever before. Choosing content well, and
staying safe online, are vital skills to develop as a teen or young person. That's one of the reasons why we're launching our brand new Youth Panel this year - to ensure that we continue to reflect the opinions of the younger generation in our everyday
We know that teens and young people have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic. The world has shrunk for so many, and there are now fewer educational and extracurricular opportunities available. We now find ourselves in
another lockdown, with homeschooling the norm once again. We want our Youth Panel to give members - who have missed out on so much over the last year - a chance to develop skills, make connections, have their voice heard, and influence policy.
Successful applicants will be given the chance to: shadow a Compliance Officer and see behind the scenes of the BBFC; influence education resources and outreach work; input into research and help shape the future of classification policy;
guide and shape social media campaigns, including creating content for the official BBFC channels; develop practical work experience skills, including communication, presentation, teamwork and self-management skills; and network with different teams
across the BBFC and gain a deeper understanding of the role of regulation and content classification.
You don't need to be a film or media studies student to apply. We're looking for young people -
of all backgrounds and from anywhere in the UK - with opinions, who want to have their voices heard. If you have a passion for digital culture, and want to gain valuable skills for university or job applications, we want to hear from you.
The BBFC Youth Panel will meet termly, with initial sessions held online. Sessions will be structured, and successful applicants will also be expected to complete short tasks between sessions, which might include filming a short video or
filling in a survey. Panelists will be asked to initially commit to a year, but have the option to take part for up to two years.