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Does This Deranged Doctor Sewing Tongues To Asses Deserve Censorship?

By December 16, 2015 0
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I’m sorry in advance.

I’m sorry in advance.

I AM SORRY IN ADVANCE.

Assuming you didn’t just have lunch, let’s talk about the movie The Human Centipede. Released in America back in 2010, this film follows the lives of three people that are literally conjoined [again, sorry for my forthcoming choice of words ] mouth-to-ass by the disturbed mind of a certain Dr. Heiter.

The film concept was originated by the [insert your own adjective here] mind, of the Dutch writer, director and producer Tom Six. He has said that it was born from a joke between he and his friends, regarding the medical experiments undergone by Dr. Mengele at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II.

Are you already uncomfortable? Well that’s my point.

This film garnered a lot of attention in the United States, but it is not an American Film, because anything of this sort would have never made it to the big screen.

And why?

The answer lies within our history of censoring the media, and a deep-seeded discomfort with the truth.

Since as far back as the industry began, filmography (as well as broadcast TV, newspaper, journals, novels, opinion pieces, video games and basically everything that creatively depicts culture) has faced various censorship issues with local and national groups. This censorship has been explained as a means to be “sensitive” to certain topics and issues– but the real issue lies in the potential of the work to alter our views on religious, social and historical circumstances.

Historically speaking, individuals and groups have attempted to censor the creative media due to the fear that, to put it plainly, it could teach something new. It is a fear of an opposition to what has already been taught to be true.

At one point, religion as a whole was not allowed to be portrayed negatively. If it wasn’t educational, it was shunned, often disallowed altogether from production or play.

Yes, the American press and entertainment industries have greater freedoms than in many other countries, but we have not fully departed from our fears of political and social correctness. We perpetuate pre-existing “norms”, deeming them automatically accurate; We do not allow for anything that is considered too grotesque,  too truthful, or just generally too “out-there”  because it might poison our “truth”. In the past, anyone who opposed such restrictions (journalists, authors, producers, creative creators) were either sent to prison, sued, or fined a large sum of money, warning many others behind them not to release such works, for fear of similar persecution.

We need to begin examining who is to blame for the censorship of these various mediums? Is it America as a whole?  Is it the government we should blame? Can we systematically trace it back to the fears of a specific group of individuals?

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspaper, or newspaper without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

That’ s a quote from Thomas Jefferson, one of our nation’s first political leaders arguing for newspapers and their freedom.  And this isn’t an isolated example because many of the founding fathers and those who helped develop this country believed adamantly in the power of free press and free speech (hence our first amendment). As a result of this, there have been many groundbreaking decisions made by the Supreme Court in favor of journalists and their right to give their opinions, no matter  what the results– so why is this still an issue?

Just who the hell is is that we should be blaming for this perpetuity of this issue?

I’m thinking it’s us.

No doubt the government has restricted things in the past, but as it’s people we should blame the restrictions we place upon ourselves. We as a society are stigmatized. We view difference as  problematic or “disturbing” to our collective consciousness, and this all needs to change now.

And I believe it is beginning to. We are making great strides within this country to accept the new, the different and the ultimately better. Experimental films are being created, opinion pieces are becoming popular, blogs are saying whatever the hell they want (woop woop), and our First Amendment rights are protecting us without receiving as much opposition they had in the past.

If we remain this loud, we can expect that something that isn’t socially acceptable today, may be viewed as normal tomorrow.

Entertainment is an art. It is supposed to bring about new ideas and change the way we think and argue against what is considered “correct.” Accept the change, because with or without you, it’s happening.

Oh and if you’re wondering, I did watch The Human Centipede, in it’s entirety.  I’m glad I was given the opportunity to view this film, but…gross.

 

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