Let movie­go­ers be the judge

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP -

MY plan on Sun­day was to watch the movie Ben Hur. How­ever, af­ter read­ing a re­port that parts of the movie had been cut, I lost interest in watch­ing the movie.

On the other hand, there may be peo­ple who will be happy to hear that cen­sor­ship has been ap­plied, and will thus de­cide that they will go and watch the movie.

In my opin­ion, cen­sor­ship de­prives the pub­lic of the true prod­uct and value of the artists, while both the artists and the movie theatre may see their in­come re­duced as a di­rect con­se­quence of the cen­sor­ship.

It would be bet­ter if the cen­sor board were to la­bel the movie with a cau­tion­ary note such as: “Some view­ers may find some scenes un­suit­able or of­fen­sive”, rather than take the lib­erty to ap­ply cuts.

Cen­sor­ing a movie also di­min­ishes the trust in the au­di­ence. If vi­o­lent video games do not in­sti­gate peo­ple to vi­o­lence, than why would a movie with Je­sus in it make con­verts to Chris­tian­ity?

A well-ed­u­cated, knowl­edge­able, and pro­gres­sive coun­try trusts that the peo­ple are ma­ture enough to judge for them­selves. Equally so, a truly de­vel­oped coun­try al­lows for the artists to ex­press them­selves. The box of­fice will give the re­sults. Movies, like all art forms, are val­ued for the en­ter­tain­ment they of­fer. A mo­ment of true great­ness can com­pen­sate for 120 min­utes of medi­ocrity. The au­di­ence should be given the right and the priv­i­lege to learn to un­der­stand and judge for them­selves.

Re­spect­ing the rights of both the au­di­ence and the artists will also in­crease the prof­its of the theatre own­ers.

Marisa De­mori Kuala Lumpur

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