How come they didn't cut the nude portrait?
 
The Straits Times | Feb 20, 1998
By: Mr Tseng Hsien Dao (reader)



Cutting nude scenes in Titanic has created a tide of discontent with censorship. Would two ratings have solved the problem?

I REFER to the explanation by the Secretary of the Board of Film Censors, Mr Tan Chiu Kee, for Kate Winslet's snipped nude scene in Titanic (Nude Scene Was Sunk To Keep Titanic Rated PG, Life!, Feb 13).

According to Mr Tan, the board's guidelines stipulate that frontal nudity is not permitted for PG films.
If that is the case, why did they not cut the scene where Kate Winslet's nude portrait first appeared? Does that not constitute some kind of nudity? But I disagree.

Does anybody remember Nell? Screened in 1995, the movie contains nude scenes (three, in fact) of Jodie Foster.

Tagged with a PG-rating, it was passed with a clean bill of health. To some folks, it was no big deal until it was mentioned in Parliament by MP Peh Chin Hua who objected to Nell's PG status. To him, it deserved an R(A) rating - but does it?

Defending the BFC's stand was Information and the Arts Minister BG George Yeo. He told Mr Peh that there is no blanket ban on female nudity, even in PG films: "It all depends on the context and whether it is exploitative."

In Nell, the nude scenes reflect the character's naivety; it was not intended to titillate. The same can be said of Winslet's nude scenes in Titanic. The context is not sexual. Since the precedence has been set, why can the BFC not keep nudity intact in Titanic? And to think that in order to have Titanic passed uncut, it has to be rated R(A), is just plain silly.