Posts Tagged ‘ censorship ’

1990s Attempts to Censor Rap Echo 1950s Attacks on Comics

June 3, 2016
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1990s Attempts to Censor Rap Echo 1950s Attacks on Comics

With every new generation, there is a new form of media that becomes both actively embraced by American youth, as well as socially stigmatized and branded as “low class,” “obscene,” and “dangerous” by the morality police (aka grown ups). It happened to comics in the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1990s, that taboo was rap…

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Index on Censorship Showcases Films That Have Inspired Protest

May 11, 2016
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Index on Censorship Showcases Films That Have Inspired Protest

Like comics, movies have the power to incite controversy and motivate communities to protest. Index on Censorship recently looked at five films — a few of which are based on controversial books and graphic novels — that have inspired people to take action beyond the silver screen and have become “symbols of rights’ movements around the…

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Dutch Journalist Arrested For Calling Turkish President “The Most Megalomaniac Dictator”

April 28, 2016
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Umar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attempts to censor journalists and cartoonists doesn’t extend just to Turkish citizens: When she tried to leave Turkey this past Sunday, Dutch journalist Ebru Umar was arrested and brought before a judge for tweets she posted about President Erdogan. Umar was arrested after some of her tweets regarding a recent article she wrote about Erdogan…

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Batman v. Superman Censored in India

March 9, 2016
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Batman v Superman logo

Last month, it was Deadpool. This month, it’s Batman v Superman. Fans in India will be seeing an edited version of the film after the country’s censor board determined that one scene showing “a fleeting nude figure” was too much for Indian theater goers. Although the film, which is set to release later this month,…

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Censors Have No Love For the Merc With A Mouth

February 16, 2016
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Deadpool

This past weekend, moviegoers in the U.S. may have enjoyed one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies of the year, Deadpool, but several other countries around the world were not amused by the Merc with a Mouth. From Uzbekistan to India, the list of countries that have censored or even outright banned the…

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1955 Broadcast Brought Dangers of Comics to Your Living Room

February 2, 2016
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Confidential File

“This comic book describes a sexual aberration so shocking that I couldn’t even mention the scientific term on television. I think there ought to be a law against them. Tonight, I’m going to show you why.” On October 9, 1955 the Los Angeles, California-based television network KTTV aired Confidential File: Horror Comic Books. A “factual”…

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No Chimichanga: Deadpool Movie Banned in China

January 20, 2016
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Deadpool

Due to violence, nudity, and graphic language, one of the most anticipated comic book movie adaptations of the year, Deadpool, has been officially banned from China. According to The Hollywood Reporter, China has quickly become the world’s second largest theatrical market and has found strong success with most movies taking place in the Marvel universe.…

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Google Ideas Open Conversations About Censorship in New Web Series

January 7, 2016
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Censored Google Ideas

A new initiative from Google Ideas, simply called Censored, invites users to a series of conversations with people who are fighting for their right for free expression. In Part 01 of the series, “Painting over the Bullet Holes,” Google Ideas Chief of Staff Dan Keyserling introduces us to graffiti artist Shamsai Hassani from Afghanistan and…

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No One Expects the British Censors: How Monty Python Laughed in the Face of Censorship

December 18, 2015
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Monty Python Grail

Did you know that someone was foolish enough to try to raise the brutal hand of censorship to Monty Python and the Holy Grail — one of the most iconic and most quoted films in cinematic history? Cinema Blend revealed a letter from producer Mark Forstater that tells the story of how the Monty Python…

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Comics Collector Donates Rare “Canadian Whites” to University

November 18, 2015
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Eddy Smet

From Nelvana of the Northern Lights, a female crime-buster who predates Wonder Woman, to a Nazi-fighting man from the sea called Iron Man, Canada’s comics history is rich, vibrant, and has a flavor wholly its own. Former award-winning math professor and comic shop owner Eddy Smet celebrates his home country’s comics heritage by continuing the…

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