The government announces that more DVDs are to carry an age rating, more is to be done on online age ratings and WiFi will be family friendly. placeholder
Age ratings will be given to a range of video content that is currently exempt - such as some music and sports DVDs - so that those unsuitable for younger children will have to carry a British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) age rating in
Video Recordings Act
The government is publishing the response to its recent consultation on the Video Recordings Act which addresses concerns about the exemptions from age rating that are currently given to a range of music, sports, religious and educational DVDs
and Blu-Ray discs.
The Video Recordings Act will now be changed so that any of these products that are unsuitable for younger children will have to carry the familiar 12 , 15 and 18 BBFC age ratings in future. The changes are expected to come
into force in 2014.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said:
Government realises that the world has moved on since these exemptions were written into the Video Recordings Act some 30 years ago.
The changes we've announced today will help ensure children are better protected, and that parents are provided with the information necessary for them to make informed choices about what their children view.
In order to help ensure parents can make more informed decisions about the material their children watch online, ministers are also calling on industry to develop solutions so that more online videos - particularly those that are likely to be
sought out by children and young people - carry advice about their age suitability in future.
David Bowie's rather brilliant promo video for The Next Day was briefly pulled from YouTube a few days ago.
Funnily enough, in that very same week another offensive music video finally surfaced after 20 years underground. A notoriously tough-to-watch short made by Nine Inch Nails (along with Peter Christopherson) to accompany their Broken EP in
the early 90s popped up on Vimeo after 20 years of incomplete versions being traded on the black market. Despite the official sanction of the band, it lasted mere hours before Vimeo removed it on the grounds of it being really really horrible and
yucky and nasty and putting them right off their tea (well, violating guidelines , but I'm pretty sure that was the gist).
David Bowie's latest music video featuring him as a Christ-like figure surrounded by women in skimpy outfits and priests in a bar has been pulled from YouTube.
The video for the single The Next Day was temporarily removed from the video-sharing website with a screenshot saying it had been taken down because its content violated YouTube's terms of service, the singer's publicist said.
A spokeswoman for Google-owned YouTube said:
With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call, she said. When it's brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. [albeit with a deserved 18 rating].
Update: Christian's recommend The Next Day by David Bowie
David Bowie has incurred the wrath of America's Catholic League over his religious-themed new video.
Bowie appears in the video dressed in Christ-like robes, while Gary Oldman plays a beer-swilling priest and Marion Cotillard is a hooker who transforms into a saint.
The video has riled Catholic League president Bill Donohue, who claims the clip is a mess :
The switch-hitting, bisexual, senior citizen from London has resurfaced, this time playing a Jesus-like character who hangs out in a nightclub dump frequented by priests, cardinals and half-naked women.
The video is strewn with characteristic excess: one priest bashes a homeless man, while others are busy hitting on women; self-flagellation is depicted; a dancing gal with bleeding hands makes a stigmata statement; and a customer is served
eyeballs on a plate... In short, the video reflects the artist - it is a mess.
Meanwhile ex-archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey said:
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery perhaps Christians should not worry too much at such an exploitation of religious imagery.
I doubt that Bowie would have the courage to use Islamic imagery - I very much doubt it.
Frankly, I don't get offended by such juvenilia - Christians should have the courage to rise above offensive language although I hope Bowie will recognise that he may be upsetting some people.
Jack Valero of the Catholic Voices group said:
I wouldn't give him the time of day, it is just desperate. He used to be famous, why does he need to do this?
Andrea Williams, director of Christian Concern, added:
It is actually just a bit sad -- what is he seeking to achieve?
Strangely none of the Christians seem to recognise that that the amount of abusive priests may be something to do with the justified criticism of the church.