British audiences are to see more than their US counterparts of the big screen version of South Park after the film was passed uncut by the British Board Of Film Classification.
American censors took exception to parts of the film, specifically scenes featuring sodomy between Saddam Hussein and Satan. Consequently, the film was substantially cut, and was given an R certificate, meaning those under the age of 17 have to be accompanied by an adult.
A Christian website, crosstalk.com, describes the film as “intentionally immoral, with the most vile content in the history of mainstream movie-making; 340 counted obscenities… 14 profanities and many disgusting bodily functions, including vomiting, bloody violence… extreme sex including homosexuality and paedophilia… this is a blasphemous, evil movie. EVIL.”
In the UK, the film has been granted a 15 certificate, allowing anyone over that age to see it unaccompanied, and not a frame was chopped.
A spokesman for the BBFC explained: “You can’t really generalise, but the Americans are very strict about sexual material above all else. We didn’t have a problem with anything in the film.”
Ironically, the film’s full title is South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut and pokes fun at the hypocrisy of most censorship regarding war, violence and sex.
Trey Parker, who together with Matt Stone create South Park, hit out at the current “climate of fear” in the wake of the Columbine massacre and the hypocrisy of the US censors, he declared: “It’s just scary – going through the trailer process and getting the notes back (from the censors) that say, ‘You just can’t fart.’ It’s like, the shot of the guy shooting the M60 and all these people getting shot – that was OK. But the guy farting has to go.”
“Whoever died of a fart?” Stone concluded.
The movie is released in the UK on August 27.