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  • ross1948 19:25 on December 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cinemas, Indonesia film censors, , ,   

    Coming Soon To Saudi Cinemas -Back Stalls Snogging? 

    It’s a measure of just how stagnantly backward Saudi Arabia is that simply allowing cinemas to exist has hit the headlines around the world!


    Saudi Arabia to reopen cinemas that have been banned since the 1980s, says crown prince

    But the photo in the ABC report is scarier, maybe, than even the most rivetting zombie horror film Saudi audiences might soon get to see.


    Hasil gambar untuk saudi cinema audiences

    Saudi cinema -no women to be seen?


    As the report ominously declares, the announcement by the ministry of culture did not specify whether seating in cinemas would be gender-segregated as most public spaces are in Saudi Arabia…



    What’s the fun in a cinema if a guy can’t take his girl and look forward to a serious bout of snogging in the back stalls?


    Hasil gambar untuk kissing at the cinema silhouette


    My teen years occurred a regrettably long time ago but unless my memory is more impaired than I believe, that was the main purpose of attendance at a movie theatre for young, healthy and normal people!

    And another thing the decree did not specify?

    …how heavily censored movies will be.

    The newly re-opened cinemas could well resemble Saudi Airlines, on which passengers can only view films usually greatly censored with pixelation added to cover the chest and legs of actresses…

    Pixelation? So that’s the word? I usually refer to the process as imposing an opaque blob, when I have one of my regular pro-cleavage protests.

    Ma’af, Nia Danata! Jakarta Needs More Than New Censor Rules 



    So is such rancid sexism, women’s bodies demonised, to be on the menu of the brave new society this ‘reform’ is said to herald?

    True, Saudi Arabia is not the only country afflicted by this sort of nonsense…



    We have reported on knee-phobia here in Indonesia, in the Province of Jambi, where the governor not long ago wanted to ban female students from wearing short skirts that reach above the knee..    In Sumatra, Knee-ophobia Rules! No Knees is GOOD Knees

    …and Dark Ager abhorrence of the female form is all too often a topic for our musings.

    February 14th – ‘International Hide-The-Yummy-Bits Day!’ 

    …and never mind snogging, even hugging is beyond the pale in some places!

    ‘Haram’ Hugging, Nosey Shariah Parkers in Jambi! 

    As to Indonesia’s film and tv censorship, enjoy this –

    Dimana Bokong2nya? – Where Are Our Buttocks? 

    The poster below, which needs to be widely circulated, makes the cause of this sexist censorship absolutely clear.



    Addressed to ayah dan suami, fathers and husbands, you can see what’s  forbidden in the lists on either side of Michelin Maid.

    Then, at the bottom, it offensively tells the afore-mentioned gents that –

    ‘Their Aurat is Your Responsibility.’

    In other words, inspect your women before you allow them out!

    But you men can go bare-headed, flaunt your knees, etc…


    Pathetic, the killjoys here, but so too are those in Paris, pathetique! .

    Will France Sink To Indonesian Film Censor Levels? 

     I hope the Arabs do get their cinemas re-opened.

    But also that they can take their chicks to the flicks!




    • Penny 19:42 on December 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Lots of fun and all that, Ross but I think your American readers will never have heard of snogging.
      Smart to put that photo so as to explain for them.


    • Vanessa 22:05 on December 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Shariah should be against the law in our country or any country where people have respect for women.
      It’s disgusting, that poster you show, as if wives and daughters are the property of the men who live with them.
      No wonder so many ‘migrants’ turn to sex crime when they find themselves in civilised countries where women are free to do as they please.
      That must infuriate Islamists.so badly that they decide to teach the ‘naughty’ girls a lesson.


    • Jacko 00:41 on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Very entertaining, mate,
      You have to ask, are these shariia people completely off their heads??
      Knees? Whats wrong with knees?


  • ross1948 12:50 on August 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Indonesia film censors, , , Nia Danata,   

    Ma’af, Nia Danata! Jakarta Needs More Than New Censor Rules 

    Interesting to read in the ever-astonishing Jakarta Post, whose parent company Gramedia perpetrated the most glaring example of sectarian censorship not that long ago, a Nazi-style book-burning to placate Islamist bigots, that somebody’s claiming…


    Indonesian movie industry still not entirely free from censorship:

    Since the Jakarta Post has never condemned Gramedia’s infamous grovel to jihadist fanatics, it’s not surprising that this complaint comes not from JP editors but from a lady named Nia Dinata.


    Gambar terkait


    She’s a real wee cutie, as you can see, but she’s also a film director, who says, quite rightly, that the Indonesian movie industry is still in shackles as judgmental groups are reluctant to accept the freedom of expression by artists which are often out of the box.

    But Nia is surely guilty of understatement!

    It’s not only ‘out of the box‘ movies that get hammered, and the hammers are not only wielded by sectarian nutjobs (which I imagine is what she means by judgmental groups)

    It wasn’t just silly little censor cuts imposed on the film ‘Noah!’

    I usually enjoy Russel Crowe films but found ‘Noah’ stupid and boring to watch. Yet why on earth was the entire movie outlawed throughout Indonesia?


    Russel Crowe dalam Noah (Foto: Ist)

    Noah’ Banned – Who’s Next? State Censors or Sectarian Enforcers? 


    Because it upset violent bigot gangs and the non-violent bigot cliques, much the same sorts as the book burned by Gramedia also did!

    And we’ve had to report other examples of the most extreme elements in Indonesia doing their dirty worst to tell Indonesian people what they may or may not watch.

    ‘Cinta Tapi Beda!’ – First Blood to IslamoNazis! 



    Cinta Tapi Beda was about love between a guy and gal of different religions, and had the foul fanatics frothing, as they often do here.



    Clearly a film for young people, teens especially, coming up to the age when they think of marriage!

    So Nia’s suggestion this week, that  instead of censoring, “Age classification must be clear. Every line of industry, be it movie theaters or TV, must be required to include age classification,” does not make that much sense.

    There are other films we’ve looked at, such as this –Soekarno’ Film – IslamoNazis Threaten Cinema Raids!  – and I’m too busy today to wax indignant about the clouded cleavage crisis on our tv screens, or the general tv censorship issue, covered in previous posts like this…


    tight jeans 21

    Dimana Bokong2nya? – Where Are Our Buttocks? 

    … but while vigilante hoodlums should be truncheoned by stern law enforcement officers out of their pretensions to any role in censorship…

    Gambar terkait


    …even official censorship here needs a lot more reforming than Nia suggests, to drag it into the 20th, never mind the 21st Century!

    Never mind, her heart’s in the right place.

    • JazPen 14:26 on August 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I cant dispute anything said above and that includes your praise of Nia as a cutie.
      I am always glad when you write about Indonesia and even more when you attack the Gramedia book-burners.
      I am sending you a few links you might want to use for other local stories.
      Have a nice weekend


    • Kezia 15:04 on August 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is what I like from your blog, Ross, that you respect Indonesian people and say they do not need to be told like little kids what television and films they can go to enjoy.
      Our government listens to many bad voices for censoring. Better they censor the bad advice they listen to from MUI and FPI and let us choose like adult people.


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