Tuesday, 18 August 2009
I caught a trailer for the new Tarantino movie - his self-described 'masterpiece' - last night (at a casual glance it looked like something Mel Brooks might have dreamt up). But why, I wondered, was only the first word of the title given? The answer, incredible as it may seem, is that the curiously-spelt name Inglourious Basterds has proved too much for British sensibilities and it's been censored. Can you believe it? In a country where we're apparently happy to broadcast genuinely offensive material both before and after the nominal 'watershed', where the casual shouting of Fs and Cs in the street barely raises an eyebrow, and where card shops prominently display (at child level) cards bearing witless crudities I wouldn't care to repeat here, we apparently can't stomach the (non-)word 'basterds', a misspelt version of just about our mildest insulting noun (if it's insulting at all - it doesn't seem to be in Australia). Indeed, the word has been deemed so ultra-offensive that it can't be spelt out on the TV trailer till 10pm - one hour into post-watershed time. What on earth is going on here?