I BELIEVE many young Singaporeans share
Mr Koh Buck Song's point of view in his article Context Crucial
In The Rating Of Movies (Life!, April 10).
First of all, we must face the fact that with increased educational
level and exposure to media, ingaporeans are becoming more tolerant
and open to nudity and sex issues.
It is no longer taboo to talk about sex or see it on screen. Which
makes me wonder why there is clamping down of a few nudity scenes
in Nell(PG) to make it an R(A) rating as suggested by Mr Peh Chin
Hua (MP for Jalan Besar GRC).
As Mr Koh says: "The nude scenes in Nell are admittedly different,
but they are also not calculated to titillate."
These scenes are essential in the portrayal of ignorance and innocence
of a child of the wild. Mr Peh did not state if these scenes were
repulsive, vulgar or detrimental to the moral of society, but merely
pointed out that because of a few nude scenes, it should be restricted
to adults only.
As with Schindler's List, many were denied the chance to watch a
film that depicted cruelty of mankind and the cause of a humane
act which resulted in the freedom of thousands. Nudity in these
two films do not promote unethical behaviour or encourage free sex;
they are merely tools to support the story and provide viewers with
what is real and undeniable.
We should reflect upon whether censorship is necessary, and as Minister
for Information and the Arts BG Yeo once said: "Censorship
is not a matter of enforcement; it is also a public declaration
of what we want our society to be.
" Definitely, with a few nude scenes, we are not undermining
our moral standards, but merely moving gradually towards a more
open society. The erosion of our Asian values and liberalisation
should not always be blamed on the West, or in this context, Hollywood.
The world changes, and I believe that Singaporeans are also moulding
themselves to be more acceptable to world issues and concerns. We
cannot try to block out constantly what was once considered "wrong"
and deny ourselves the opportunities to develop in character and
Values are inculcated within the family and what we learn or hear
will broaden our horizons but not deteriorate what we hold true
in our own system.
With our growing economic standing and prominence in Asia as well
as around the world, there is difficulty in stopping the flow of
information into our media hub.
Let us remind ourselves that the tide changes, and it is better
to move along with it than to resist and be swept up in a tidal