Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Censorship On The Rise in France

And you thought we were past the "anti-smut" conservative movement that saw its heyday in the U.S. back in the 1970-80's.  What's even more shocking is that the latest battle against freedom of expression in the arts is taking place in France

The French conservative values group "Promouvoir" has won another victory in its crusade against sex and violence on French screens. Lars von Trier’s 2009 drama, "Antichrist", which won the best actress prize for Charlotte Gainsbourg at the Cannes film festival, has seen its operating visa revoked by a court in Paris. The court cited “scenes of great violence” and “non-simulated sex” in its decision, per multiple reports.

The move comes at a time when Promouvoir has won campaigns against several major titles in recent months, mostly over sexual content. It’s also somewhat ironic in a country that saw its right to to artistic expression so devastatingly attacked last year.

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