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#askbbfc Twitter Q and A transcript Thursday 30 April

On Thursday 30 April we held the answer session for our #askbbfc Twitter Q & A.

Date 01/05/2015

Earlier in the week we asked our followers to tweet us their questions about classifying language, using the #askBBFC hashtag.

The #askbbfc answer session took the most interesting questions and answered them during a 30 minute session. If you missed this, the transcript of questions and answers follows below.

We aim to hold a twitter Q and A once a month and we’ll give plenty notice about when we’re collecting questions, whether there is a specific theme and when the answer session will take place. We use this format to ensure that any questions that require detailed answers can be researched if required and formulated into as few tweets as possible.

You can send longer questions you have to us at any time, by emailing us.


We'll begin our answer session today with a question from MovieBag about the classification of archaic or foreign strong language #askbbfc

Q: #askBBFC how do you deal with archaic and/or foreign language profanity, which would only offend a small number of understand it?

A: It depends on the manner in which the term is used & how widely understood it is #askbbfc

A: For example, if the term is used aggressively it might appear stronger than if muttered #askbbfc

A: Very archaic terms in older films may now be passed at U or PG if they are unlikely to be understood or cause offence #askbbfc


Q: Violet asks about language at 12 and 15 #askbbfc

Q: Why was 'pig-f***er' acceptable at 12 in Better Call Saul episode 9 "Pimento", but 'motherf***er' regularly is pushed to 15? #askbbfc

A: The episode contained one use of pig-f***er along with some milder terms #askbbfc

A: The term itself is borderline 12/15 & the outcome depends on the context in which it's used #askbbfc

A: A subsequent episode in the series involves an apology for using this word #askbbfc

A: At 12A/12 strong language may be passed depending on the manner in which it is used, who is using the language ... (cont) #askbbfc

A: (cont) ... plus its frequency & any special contextual justification #askbbfc

A: You can see public feedback on strong language on p.77 of the Guidelines research #askbbfc 


Q: James Meek asks about sexually explicit language in films #askbbfc

Q: #askbbfc Strong language usage seems to have saturated in film (e.g. frequency). How does sexually explicit language get classified?

A: The last review of the Guidelines saw a shift in how the public said language should be rated #askbbfc

A: Page 76 of the research explains this. Some sexual language was said to be no stronger than the f-word #askbbfc

A: Although the c-word is still considered to be stronger than other terms #askbbfc

A: However the public said context & delivery is key in classifying language #askbbfc

A: So context might make language more acceptable, while aggression or gratuitous use might take it to a higher rating #askbbfc


Q: Ronandusty asks about classifying the c-word #askbbfc

Q: Why can some 15 films have 200+ aggressive uses of the f word but 1 aggressive use of the c word can make it an 18? #askbbfc

A: The review of the Guidelines in 2013 showed a slight change in public attitudes towards the c-word #askbbfc

A: You can see examples on page 78 of the research #askbbfc 

A: So the 2014 Guidelines may permit the c-word at 15 depending on the context & manner it is used #askbbfc


Q: ThePopCornMuncher asks about moderate bad language at 12A/12 #askbbfc

Q: Handful of f-words allowed at 12A is well-known, but I've noticed density of minor swearing increasing. Conscious choice? #askbbfc

A: At 12A/12 there may be moderate bad language #askbbfc

A: Moderate bad language includes terms such as ‘wanker’ or aggressive use of ‘b****’ #askbbfc

A: The public is less concerned with counting moderate bad language but more focused on the way it is used & its context #askbbfc

A: So aggressive or gratuitous moderate bad language might be less acceptable at 12A/12 than passive uses for example #askbbfc


Q: Gareth J. Lewis asks about the 12A rating for About Time #askbbfc

Q: Why was About Time a 12A when there were quite a few f-words in it? #askbbfc

A: About Time is rated 12A/12 for infrequent strong language & moderate sex references #askbbfc

A: There are five uses of strong language in comic situations & with no undue aggression, there is also some milder bad language #askbbfc

A: The public tell us that context & manner of use is key in rating strong language, more so than counting words #askbbfc

A: The manner in which the language is used in the film did not require a 15 rating #askbbfc

A: You can find more detail in the long BBFCinsight #askbbfc


That's all we have time for today. Thank you to everyone asking #askbbfc questions this week.


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