The Null Device

Defending our right to not be offended

The Howard government's back-to-the-1950s paternalism strikes again, as the OFLC bans a widely acclaimed film, which was expected to screen at the Sydney and Melbourne film festivals. Film festivals are normally exempt from the classification process, but are required to submit a list of films to be screened, and it just so happens that Ken Park, the film intended to be screened, had been found objectionable before:
The classification board, in a six to one decision, refused classification, finding Ken Park "deals with matters of sex in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality".

Bravo to the OFLC for defending Australians' right to not be offended, cementing Australia's status as a safe haven of traditional values, and bringing forward the day when this great country will be a place where one can live out one's entire days without ever being challenged by decadent "art" or made to feel uncomfortable. Who needs international film festivals anyway?

There are 3 comments on "Defending our right to not be offended":

Posted by: Bubba Fett http:// Wed Jun 4 15:58:43 2003

Well they can show them regardless of whether they have been classified or not at an academic film festival.

Posted by: Alex http:// Thu Jun 5 11:05:14 2003

I'm off to Melbourne's most famous pub to look at Australia's most famous child porn.

(nineteen, my arse.)

... Maybe if they screened it in a pub ... like them Augenblick people do ...

Posted by: acb Thu Jun 5 13:59:10 2003

And you'd be a connoisseur of underaged girls then? :-)