Facebook Users of Barbados form Group to Object to Banning “Black Swan” with Natalie Portman
Readers here know I have pushed for Freedom of Speech for a long time, be it in Politics, showing where a Business may be doing wrong, etc. It takes a movie with a Lesbian scene of less than 120 seconds to galvanise a growing number of Bajans on facebook to demand what should have been theirs ever since…
“For Freedom of Thought and Expression in Barbados” is a new Group on Facebook, Barbados Free Press also expressed its amazement when one realises there was no flinching to show two Gay Cowboys in Brokeback Mountain (which probably haunted co-star Heath Ledger to the end of his short life – whereas Jake Gyllenhaal shrugged it off and went on to do important work like Jarhead, Love and Other Drugs or silly stuff like Prince Of Persia), here’s the Credo of the local band who are demanding their correct due, we can only hope it does not stop here and grows like Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Algeria and Puerto Rico;-
BARBADOS GROUP – “This Page has come about because of the recent Banning of the movie Black Swan by an elusive body called “The Barbados Censorship Board‘. Forgive me if I got the name of the the Board wrong, but it is such an invisible entity that I am not even sure what it is called.
This is not about the movie – This is about our right to chose what we can and do watch or read or consume in any way. This is about the idea that there is a body that polices us as adults, and actually has the gall to censor what media we can look at. It begs the questions: How long has this been going on? Why do we need a board like this? How did this board come to be? Who chose the members of this Board? Who are those members? What criteria does this Board operate by and set its standards by?
We have a right to know. We have the right to censor ourselves. We are not in a country where our mail is checked and out TV monitored…or are we??“
FOX SEARCHLIGHT – “A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), BLACK SWAN takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.”