Thai TV – Sensible Censorship?

Censorship is occasionally a sore point to me but, sometimes I realise it does have value. You would not, perhaps, want your 12 year old daughter to watch American Psycho. This is why American Psycho is an R / 18 rated movie. It is very graphic. In many ways. It’s also very entertaining (although the book is amazingly better).

But censorship – for me – is more about using your common sense, rather than slapping a rating on the cover. You can imagine that a TV company wanting to show American Psycho would consider it’s rating and then show it very late at night.

Not at 9am in the morning. I tell you, it makes no sense. What fool at UBC thought it’d be ok to show at 9am and censor every bit of nudity and violence? Didn’t anyone stop and think “hold on, hold on, this is a movie about a maniac with an axe / chainsaw, there’s lots of blood, gore and sex – if we censor it, perhaps it kinda spoils it?“. Sometimes the lack of thought is astounding.

5 Comments so far

  1. Ben Harris (unregistered) on January 31st, 2005 @ 12:49 pm

    It’s funny you would mention that, because one of the reasons I refuse to get UBC, other than the fact that I can’t afford it, is that it is so heavily censored in such a ridiculous was that it completely isn’t worth the money (unless you’re getting it for free, because then it’s worth it). I’ve tried to watch films on UBC that I enjoyed only to have huge sections removed by the censors that make the film totally nonsensical. The smoking thing is just as stupid… I should find the post I made ages ago about Thai censorship… here it is.

  2. ts (unregistered) on February 1st, 2005 @ 5:38 pm

    This is the only country i can think of that would censor the act of smoking in an anti-smoking advertisment.

  3. him (unregistered) on February 1st, 2005 @ 7:18 pm

    Oh! you just reminded me of another bit of stupid censorship – there’s an advert on the cinema, I think it’s for The Nation, where there is a bank robber with a shotgun, and the shotgunm is totally pixelated.

    Now either the censorship is the joke (possible) or the company made an advert that they knew was going to be heavily censored, but made it anyway.

  4. Ben Harris (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2005 @ 12:02 pm

    One of the things that struck me first about Thailand was that they will show bloodied corpses on the news (as well as bloodied living people). I also recall accompanying a friend to get his licence renewed, only to see police photographs of motor accidents pinned to the walls, focusing mainly on the corpses.

  5. Cog (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2005 @ 11:22 pm

    Thais have a morbid fascination with death (see front page news in the Thai Rath for reference). I once viewed gory play-by-play surgical pictures of a penile reattachment displayed smack dab in the foyer of a Thai public hospital. Censoring simulated violence in film, however, requires the utmost vigilance.

    I have yet to remove my cup…

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