Popular Culture: August 2006 Archives

August 22, 2006

Today's banned video

United Kingdom: Alleged 'hard rock' music channel Scuzz TV has banned Deicide's latest video on the grounds that it might be offensive to the superstitious. The video is a classic zombie story, in which a priest is chased by zombies, and becomes one himself when he is caught. There's no explicit violence, and what special effects there are are a bit crap. Nor does it seem particularly anti-religious, unless suggesting that priests are people too is somehow derogatory.

In a statement a Scuzz representative declared that the lyrical content is religiously offensive, derogatory, and can be read as improper exploitation of any susceptibilities of the audience.

They further commented With regards the imagery itself, the inclusion of a priest or religious figure in any belief system is always a very touchy subject, but the possession of one such person, and the disparaging respect for the Christian Bible is in direct conflict with Ofcom regulations.

Fortunately, and somewhat unsurprisingly, the video itself is on YouTube, apparently put there by Deicide's record company, so you can make up your own mind about the visuals, and wonder how on earth the Scuzz TV folks know what the "lyrical content" is.

DEICIDE VIDEO BANNED BY UK TV STATIONThe Gauntlet, 21st August 2006 (via MediaWatchWatch).

Note: If you are wondering why the Prattle hasn't been covering the attempts to get the Gay Police Association prosecuted under race hate legislation for making the perfectly fair observation that the Bible has been used to justify violence against homosexuals, it's because my source for this story, MediaWatchWatch, has unsurpassable coverage.

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