BBFC increases age rating for films containing racist language

The British Board of Film Classifications (BBFC), has tightened restrictions on the use of racist language within programming.

The following are some examples Research into racism and discriminationThe UK ratings body stated that content featuring the n word will not be classified below 12A/12 in TV and film shows.

If is an exception “there is a very clear and strong educational value”A documentary that is appealing to younger viewers.

Older films/series that contain racial language might be given a PG rating if they have one. “contextually justified”They are not accompanied with violence or threats.

‘Selma’CREDIT – Pictorial Press/Alamy

In order to understand how discriminatory content is perceived and acted upon, the BBFC conducted research on 70 people.

A variety of clips were shown to them from films such as Hidden Figures, Selma, Blinded by the Light And Breakfast At Tiffany’sYou were then asked many questions about them.

The findings showed that people don’t think older films and TV shows necessarily need higher age ratings if they contain outdated behaviour or language, but they want to be warned about potentially offensive words or portrayals.

The research also found some people, particularly parents, believe there’s value in showing children examples of racism and discrimination to “prepare”They will be held responsible for any behavior or attitudes they witness in real-life. However, some wanted to protect their children against racism as long as possible. Both sides pushed for content warnings.

David Austin, chief executive of the BBFC, said: “We must always assess the context in which content appears, especially with regards to the factors that may support a higher classification or help defend a lower one.

“Violent and threatening behaviour, or use of particularly offensive language, will always aggravate an instance of discriminatory or racist behaviour. However, clear condemnation, sympathy with the victims or a documentary or historical setting can all work to help frame the sequence and potentially give the content educational value for younger viewers.”


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