BBFC tighten age rating rules over racist language in films

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Programming featuring the N-word is now available in 12A/12 . will be classified as

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The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has imposed strict rules on the use of racist language in programming.

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Following Research into racism and discrimination In movies and TV shows, the UK ratings body stated that content featuring the N-word would not be classified lower than 12A/12 outside certain mitigating factors.

The one exception is if the kind of documentary “has a very clear and strong educational value” with strong appeal to younger audiences.


Racist language in older films/series can also be considered for a PG rating if they are “relevantly appropriate” and not accompanied by violence or intimidation.

‘Selma’ credit: Pictorial Press/Alamy

The BBFC deliberately conducted research with 70 participants represented by multiple minority groups to understand the perception and impact of discriminatory material.

He was shown a variety of clips from movies like hidden figures, Selma, blinded by the light And breakfast at Tiffany’s, and then asked several questions about them.

The findings showed that people don’t think they need higher age ratings when they have old behavior or language in older movies and TV shows, but they want to be warned about potentially offensive words or depictions.

The research also found that some people, especially parents, believe that showing children examples of racism and discrimination is in order to “prepare” them for attitudes and behaviors that they do in real life. I can experience or witness. Although some wanted to protect their children from racism for as long as possible, both sides insisted on material warnings.


BBFC Chief Executive David Austin said: “We must always assess the context in which the material appears, particularly with regard to factors that may support a higher classification or help protect a lower one. .

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

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