People love making decisions for you. Throughout history there have been groups of haughty intellectuals that deem a piece of entertainment as obscene and ban it from the viewing public. Even Shakespeare was subjected to censorship in his time. However, he never wrote a play about people being sewn together ass to mouth like the movie that is currently being banned in the United Kingdom.
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Several countries ban pieces of entertainment that they deem too foul to consume. Australia, for instance, is infamous for restricting movies and games with a fierce determination that borders on insanity, but the United Kingdom hasn’t been known for this for the past 25 years. That’s going to change with the release of Human Centipede 2.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has decided to ban the sequel to the controversial film, Human Centipede. They are doing this on the grounds that the movie is loaded with so much violence that it would be impossible to cut it enough to make it acceptable and still be a movie. Along with this decision, they released an extremely detailed report that gives away several spoilers to help people understand their decision. I want to avoid giving away spoilers here, so I’ll just say that the most horrific things I saw in the plot synopsis can be summed up in a few words: sandpaper masturbation and barbwire penetration. Yikes!
The BBFC has avoided banning many films for the past couple of decades after their initial over zealous attack in the 1980’s when they were first formed. In fact, many of the movies they had previously banned have since been released, some with very mild ratings. The last movie they banned was the 2009 Japanese torture porn, Grotesque. And before that was Mikey, a movie about a child psychopath, and it wasn’t banned due to sex or violence, but rather because of a recent child murder that made the release of this film feel untimely.
It should also be mentioned that some film makers love it when their movie gets banned. In the 1980’s, the makers of the infamous movie Cannibal Holocaust, pretended to be outraged viewers and sent complaints to the British government in the hopes of getting attention for their film. So we shouldn’t feel too bad for the makers of Human Centipede 2. This is going to get them more attention then they probably deserve.
The true conversation that should be had around this movie isn’t if the makers are sick people and the fans of their work are equally deprived. The conversation is if it is appropriate for our government to decide what forms of entertainment are okay or not. It is a touchy subject and should be discussed.
It’s hard to jump onto the side of the people making movies about forced ass to mouth experiments, but even so, that’s the side I fall on. It doesn’t seem like a good idea to let the government decide what it is proper for me to see. Even if I may agree with them, that is a decision I should be able to make for myself. As long as no one is harmed in the creation of a piece of art, it should be legal for me to see it.