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07 July 2007 @ 11:00 pm
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I would like to show you a videoclip that started out merely as promotion of European cinema but has already attracted an inordinate amount of controversy. Why? Just watch:

These scenes are taken from critically acclaimed films, and yet some people are calling the video "porn" and protesting against it.

So, this post is meant just to demonstrate my support of free artistic expression. It's high time everybody realized that quality does not directly depend on content.

PS: If the icon I am currently using seems familiar to you when you watch the clip, then yes, that's it. Enjoy!

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Melmo: we're in the army nowmustntgetmy on July 8th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
People are really stupid. Protesting over this? My God, I've READ worse things than they show here. And about "children's books" too.

That aside...that is such an awesome propaganda. "Let's come together" Wow, just...I burst out laughing when it got to that.
See you later, instigator: Bad Education2oudeteron on July 8th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly. I was really hoping there would be no controversy about this at all, but that's apparently too much to ask for. (And of course those three seconds from Bad Education are the most problematic part of the video, since it was the only bit that was specifically pointed out in the newspaper).

Anyway, that whole "Let's come together" thing got me laughing as well! If only all ads were as interesting as this one. xD
Melmo: trolley in Riomustntgetmy on July 9th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Is the Bad Education clip the only one to contain male on male sex? Because if they're getting all riled up about that, they need to get their homophobic asses back into the backwoods where they belong.

To me, that line was the best part of the commercial, and I LOVE a good sex scene.
See you later, instigator: Bad Education2oudeteron on July 9th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
It is, as far as I've noticed. And that's not to mention they could have chosen something a little more graphic from that movie to put in the commercial, too. (By the way, I'd really like to know why the movie was rated NC-17 in America. Sure, it is serious and sexy and thought-provoking, but I'd still give it just R were it up to me. Homophobic asses from the backwoods, indeed.)

Same here! ^_^
Melmo: Marsmustntgetmy on July 10th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
R is for hardcore violence, NC-17 is for hardcore sex. I really don't want to get into thinking how that standard was made up.
See you later, instigator: Brokeback Mountain (by billy_kaulitz)oudeteron on July 10th, 2007 10:12 am (UTC)
Oh. Right. Because having sex is a million times worse than bashing someone's head against the wall. How could I forget? *rolls eyes*
remeciel: Hokutoremeciel on July 8th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
some people are calling the video "porn" and protesting against it.

So. They think there's something wrong with making love? damn. How come? *g*
More seriously. It seems that some do love ranting and complaining about nothing. It's the human nature. But instead of being interested by what should matter now, ie, pollution, greenhouse effect or such, we definitely can't help them to become a bit intelligent.
See you later, instigator: Bad Education3oudeteron on July 8th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
How come, indeed! xD

Really, I just think it's totally pointless to complain about something that doesn't even hurt anybody. (Also, I'd like to know how most of those hardcore moralists manage to have so many children if sex just doesn't exist in their world. -Damn, I talk like House.) What made me angry about the issue is that some people still seem to think that quality depends on content and that just because they consider something immoral, everyone else should have the same opinion. That's nonsense, to put it mildly (especially the first part). They should go read a bit of Oscar Wilde; maybe that would serve as an eye-opener.
remeciel: automne 2remeciel on July 8th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
*shrugs* it's like they don't know what to do of their spare time. And ocne they think they're right, you can't expect them to understand the directors or artists' POVs; for them, all that shows a tiny bit of skin is a sin.
What do they think? that people wait for their marriage to lose their virginity? that's absurd.

And we shall have them read Wilde one day. Maybe one day... if they know how to read. Because beign so stupid does imply a low rate in education. *g* /bitter rant
See you later, instigatoroudeteron on July 8th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've always thought some people have too much time on their hands if they can't use it for anything better than ranting like this. I absolutely agree that they most likely can't see it from the artists' perspective. And I wouldn't be surprised if they were still concerned about pre-marital sex. (Hey, but isn't that discrimination if certain people shouldn't be allowed to marry at all according to their beliefs? XD)

I suppose they know how to read...just not what to read to broaden their horizons. But then again, being informed/educated about things does come after personal feelings for some folks... *sighs*
remeciel: Empty Stairs - waitingremeciel on July 8th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
The opinion of any artist when it comes to the body is likely to be criticised anyway. You can't raise the little finger as we say in French without being attacked by some stupid people. They are so-called open-minded, but dear, they must be the most narrow-minded people ever.

I would like them to read some more, really. Most people who like to read tend to be a bit more intelligent. ;D
See you later, instigator: Happy Together (by hdgotham)oudeteron on July 8th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
I think that's exactly it. I've seen some "unbiased" comments on controversial films and some of those so-called reviewers were really obvious about not liking the subject, even though they were trying to mask it. Seriously, I don't know why the content itself should matter so much if the movie is good. (And it's not just about movies, for that matter.)

Of course people who read diverse stuff tend to be clever! But maybe we're switching the cause and the consequence - first one is intelligent and then one starts to benefit from it. Still, I'm afraid nothing can guarantee open-mindedness...
remeciel: Hokutoremeciel on July 13th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
The contents of any film does not matter for some as long as there is what they call a "porn" moment. It could be an very artistic moment, but any opinion for those people, even if explained calmly and logically won't get enough impact at all - if not. :/
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scarlet_chan: Jaejoongscarlet_chan on July 10th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
They're calling this PORN? I've seen much worse in trailers for 'teen' movies while in the movie theater. Besides, I didn't seen any 'parts', so that doesn't classify it as porn to me. And the complaining about male on male, that's a bit moronic because that has been something more openly shown around the world in recent years. Have those people been living under rocks?! DX
See you later, instigator: Bad Education1 (by greeniefru)oudeteron on July 10th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Under rocks, probably. I really have no idea what should be so wrong with this trailer! But then again, my attitude to portraying sex is just that it has to be done well...as in, well written/filmed/etc. Those moralists need to get a life.

Regarding the male on male stuff, I'd say this bit was actually taken from the least explicit sex scene in that entire movie! (But don't get me wrong, it's still awesome. *dreamy sigh*) And even then, this video has about two seconds of it. Apparently, it's enough to scar some people for life... xD