A Post On Standards of Decency
The BBFC has revealed that the lesbian sex scene in the 2011 Oscar winning film, Black Swan, has caused it to become the most complained about film ever.
The film had 40 objections which the UK rating body said was largely due to the lesbian sex scene between characters Nina and Lily, played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.
Some of the complaints claimed that it was pornographic in its nature but the BBFC defended that it came within the guidelines of a 15 certificate.
The annual report said, “'While the scene is visually discreet, narratively justified and within the 15 guidelines criteria, some correspondents felt it was pornographic in nature.”
Other complainants were aggravated that the homosexual activity was allowed to be shown in anything less than an 18 certified film.
The report said, “That it was a sex scene between two women was an aggravating factor for some who argued that portrayals of homosexual activity should either be restricted to the 18 category, or not shown at all.”
A small number of complaints referred to the fact that viewers were expecting to see a film about ballet and not about a young woman’s mental disintegration.
The film Hanna came in second with 29 complaints, as viewers found that the violence involved in the film was “sadistic and gratuitous”.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 came in third with 16 complaints, mainly due to the way in which Bella and Edward consummated their marriage.
It looks as though Black Swan will be blown out of the water when the 2012 results come out, as The Woman In Black, which was released earlier this year, has already received 120 complaints.
The complaints are thought to have been made due to the films intense horror, despite it only being a 12A certificate.
The BBFC say that a lot of complaints are generated because an audience’s expectation of a film doesn’t always ring true to the films content.
They said, “The high number of complaints for Black Swan demonstrates the disconnect that sometimes occurs between a viewer's expectations of a film and its actual content.”