Vicious Drivel and Lazy Sluts

Julian Petley

in Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780748625383
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670871 | DOI:
Vicious Drivel and Lazy Sluts

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This chapter demonstrates how difficult the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)'s job was made by a press which repeatedly and shrilly insisted that videos somehow ‘caused’ crimes such as the murders of James Bulger, Suzanne Capper and Les Read, and by politicians who were all too easily panicked by such hysterical nonsense into a ‘something must be done’ mode. No causal links between Child's Play 3 and the Bulger and Capper murders were made. Most of the press simply recurred on repeating ad nauseam that there must be a link because ‘common sense’ demands it. The problem is all the more tricky when those ‘common sense’ assumptions concern the media. It is noted that when it comes to law-making in Britain today, it is not reason that prevails but the saloon bar pundits of the populist press and the braying mob on the floor of annual Tory Party conferences.

Keywords: common sense; British Board of Film Classification; James Bulger; Suzanne Capper; Les Read; Child's Play 3; Britain

Chapter.  3262 words. 

Subjects: Film

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