Uncut Antichrist prompts moment of lucidity from Beyer
Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist has been passed uncut with an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification, despite scenes featuring violent sex, genital mutilation, and erect penises.
This is a welcome sign that the BBFC are continuing along a liberal path, assuming the role of informer rather than censor.
John Beyer, the anti-smut campaigning successor to Mary Whitehouse, sums it up with unusual clarity:
The BBFC no longer ‘cuts bits out of films’ but provides information about films so that members of the public can make up their own minds about what films they want to see or avoid.
And this, he goes on to explain, is exactly what Mediawatch UK is against. We can’t have the public making informed decisions for themselves, can we? That is a job for their moral superiors.
Because they know best.