Surprised by Australia giving The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) a R18+ rating

BBFC rated the latest Mortal Kombat game, but the Australian Classification Board has still refused to rate the game

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.


4 thoughts on “Surprised by Australia giving The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) a R18+ rating

  1. Is the rating board for games in Australia the same as the board for films?
    It’s probably this whole “think of the children” attitude. As if video games are solely the exploits of the underage. Ridiculous!

  2. Your a little confused about why Mortal Kombat wasn’t passed. There’s a major inconsistency in Australia’s classification laws for videogames in that they haven’t introduced an adult classification for videogames, meaning that any game that the censors consider to be inappropriate for 15 year olds gets banned. This has nothing to do with with the moral standards in the country, just the system not being up to date (the current laws I believe were made in 1994, when adult games certainly weren’t necessary).

    This has been a hot topic in Australia for a while, and December last year the federal government announced they supported an adult classification for videogames after massive support from the public but they need to get the attorney generals to agree for the law to be passed and the next meeting isn’t until next month.

    It’s worth nothing also that the problem goes the other way too, as many games that are on the lower end of the adult classification get squeezed into the MA15+ rating, something which they are trying to address. Many games that don’t warrant this rating get lower classifications than other countrys, so it really has nothing to do with the standards in this country and a lot to do with the system for games being up to date.

    Just thought I’d clear that up, as you’ve probably heard a lot of exagerrated stories on the net as to why games are being banned/censored in Australia.

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