I didn’t believe it at first when I heard that the classification lot over in Australia had rated The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), but they have rated the sequel (by they way, the only reason I found that link was because I used Google to search their bloody site). But why my disbelief? Well, it’s because unlike the BBFC who have refused to rate The Human Centipede II, the BBFC have given the latest Mortal Kombat a rating, whilst the Australian Classification Board have refused the game a classification.
Perhaps this differing views of two different media texts on two sides of the world shows just how ridiculous the censorship and banning of fictional texts truly is. Fiction is fiction. And both texts mentioned in this post feature absolutely implausible situations.
And the Internet can bypass them both. Regardless of the law – why police censored materials such as these when law enforcement agencies are more interested in tackling actual harmful material like child porn and guns? I know which law enforcement are more likely to crack down on.
I’ll probably never watch The Human Centipede or its sequel, though there’s always a chance that I will as I’ve watched other extreme horror films and exploitation films before… and not gone on to re-enact any of them. And as Peter Bradshaw, and others, have pointed out – how can we trust the BBFC employees who watched HC II not to go around copying acts in the film if it poses such a real risk?
Forget media effects research – the evidence is in the numbers. Though I wouldn’t say no to having the ability to kick people’s heads off – it would certainly make wannabe muggers and rapists think twice.