Black Swan lesbian sex tops movie goers complaints list

Jul 12, 2012

Lesbian cunnilingus and an emergency caesarean among the most complained about movie scenes

A LESBIAN sex scene from the ballet drama Black Swan pushed it to the top of the list of last year's most complained about movies. Other films that to make the British Board of Film Classification offender list include The Hangover Part II and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.

The Independent reports that the BBFC, which released the list yesterday, said the 15-rated Black Swan generated 40 complaints, which was "proportionately very small" for the 2.7 million people who saw it in cinemas. The film about a ballet dancer's mental collapse, also received critical acclaim and scored a best actress Oscar for its star Natalie Portman.

The scene which cinema goers mostly complained about featured actress Mila Kunis's character "performing cunnilingus" on her co-star Portman. Some argued that "portrayals of homosexual activity should either be restricted to the 18 category or not shown at all".
BBFC Director David Cooke said it was probably a case of "confounded expectations" as some viewers might have been expecting "a nice ballet movie".

There were also complaints about crudity in Hangover II and a "gory and distressing" scene of an emergency Caesarean section being performed on the lead character in Twilight.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the most complained about movie so far this year is Daniel Radcliffe's The Woman in Black. The 12A-rated ghost story has generated 120 complaints, mostly from parents saying it scared their children.
It still has a way to go before it reaches the record set by Christopher Nolan's Batman film, The Dark Knight, the most complained about film of the decade. The film generated 300 complaints, mostly about Heath Ledger's sadistic Joker.

The Guardian reports that BBFC censors have now set their sights on sexual violence in movies. The board has commissioned research into public attitudes to depictions of sadistic and sexual violence, following disputes over movies such as The Human Centipede which depicts a man gaining sexual gratification from stapling victims together. It was initially banned by the BBFC, but a re-edited version was later released after the filmmakers threatened legal action.

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