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A film hit targeted by censors.  They noticed this 60 years after its premiere

A film hit targeted by censors. They noticed this 60 years after its premiere

The British Board of Film Classification has changed the age rating of “Mary Poppins”, a classic film from the 1960s. The censors drew attention to the offensive term used in the production.

“Mary Poppins” by Robert Stevenson was targeted by British censors. The film about the fate of a nanny with magical powers has been re-examined and its age rating has been changed. Previously, everyone could watch Walt Disney’s productions without any age restrictions. It has now been rated “PG”, requiring parental supervision of minor viewers.

“Mary Poppins” censored

Censors found the term, which is used twice in the production, to be “discriminatory” towards the nomadic peoples living in southern Africa. The above-mentioned word is spoken on screen by Admiral Boom in front of the soot-stained chimney sweepers.

“The film was resubmitted to us in February 2024 for another theatrical re-release, at which time we have re-rated it PG due to discriminatory language. ‘Mary Poppins’ contains two uses of the term ‘hottentots.'” Although [produkcja] has a historical context, the use of discriminatory language does not [w niej] condemned and ultimately exceeds our guidelines for acceptable language in the U (Universal) category,” a spokesman for the British Board of Film Classification told the BBC. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term used to describe the Khoikhoi and San peoples is considered archaic and offensive.

“Mary Poppins” is based on a series of children’s books written by Mary Shepard between 1934 and 1988. The production was released in 1964 and its action takes place in 20th century London. The title character becomes the guardian of the Banks family children. It quickly turns out that the new nanny has magical skills. In 2018, a sequel to the production titled “Mary Poppins Returns” was released. The main roles were played by Rob Marshall, Emily Blunt and Ben Whishaw.

Source: Gazeta

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