BBFC warns viewers about roles in film involving ‘assumed racial identity’ – the BBFC will notify them if they are used in make-up.

  • British Board of Film Classification conducted research into discrimination
  • The study found that the n word was “the most contentious” and generated the “strongest reaction.”
  • It will have a’stricter” position about the classification of film and television shows that employ this word

Films that contain the n-word must be given at least 12A by the British Board of Film Classification. Also, viewers need to be wary of actors who are wearing blackface makeup.

The BBFC pointed out that, in their research on discrimination, the word “most contentious” was the one which evoked the strongest responses.

When describing “assumed race identities”, the board may also use the expression “an actor in makeup portraying a other ethnicity”

Its report also said that this type of behaviour – sometimes called blackface portrayals – would likely require a higher age rating in a modern film than it would in older movies ‘where the intent may be different’ and the content can be seen ‘as a product of its time’.

Today, it will disclose that the company is taking an “even more stringent position” on how the n-words are classified in the junior” categories.

Films and videos which use the n-word should receive at least a 12A rating, the British Board of Film Classification has ruled where previously they may have been classed as a PG

Films or videos that use the n word should be given at least a rating of 12A by the British Board of Film Classification. This is because they are no longer classed with a PG.

It stated that although the word is used to ensure that a film or video piece does not fall below 12A, it can be done if it has ‘clear, strong, and educational value,’ such as in a document which appeals to younger viewers.

Race, a 2016 Jesse Owens biopic, was rated PG. The film features a racist white man using the n-word to describe a legendary black sportsman from the 1930s.

It’d probably get a 12A-12 if it were resubmitted today, despite the positive message of overcoming adversity.

Research by the film industry also showed that older movies and television shows don’t need to be given higher ratings for ‘outdated behavior or language’.

They would appreciate being warned of offensive language or depictions.

Jesse Owens biopic Race (pictured) featured a white man using the n-word and was classed as a PG but the BBFC feel that it would be classified as 12A or 12 on video if resubmitted now

Race, a Jesse Owens biopic (pictured), was about a white man who uses the n-word. The film was initially classified as a PG. But the BBFC feels that the video would have been classed as either 12A or 12, on video, if resubmitted.

Lord Kamlesh Paltel, vice president of the BBFC said that movements dedicated to fighting racism and raising awareness have seen significant growth in the past two-years.

“In response to this, we wanted see how the UK has seen it impact the views and especially to hear from those directly impacted and listen to them as they are valuable voices.

“We recognize that protecting children is not only about providing safe content for them, but also about supporting parents who may want to teach their kids about discrimination and racism.

David Austin, the Chief Executive at the BBFC stated that violence and threatening behavior, as well as use of especially offensive language will all contribute to an incident of discriminatory, racist behaviour.

“Nevertheless, you can frame it with clear condemnation and sympathy for victims. A documentary or historical setting could also help. This may be a way to make the content more educational.

Julia Lopez, Minister of Creative Industries said that she was delighted to see the BBFC take a firm stance against discrimination and racism in film and television shows. These important efforts will assist the public and especially parents to make informed decisions about what shows their kids watch.