When I was a kid it was all very austere and straight forward. “12”, “15” and “18” told you all you needed to know and all the really good films were inevitably rated “X”. Hmm. You know, I never saw enough X rated movies as a kid. I feel heartily deprived.
Nowadays though it’s not enough to simply slap an age label onto a film. No. As a tiresome bonus we also get a load of PC-hogswhallop, soft-soap terminology thrown into the mix for free.
- “May contain mild violence.”
- “Moderate language.”
- “Occasional sexual references.”
Der? What is moderate language anyway? Ecclesiastical Latin?
Anyway, it made me think how infinitely fuller and more rich our lives would be if such gradings were also applied to television programmes.
- Nigella Bites would be rated as “extreme vegetable peril of a sexual nature”.
- How To Look Good Naked would be “may contain immoderate baps and strong baptitular references.”
- Celebrity Big Brother would be “may contain nuts”
- The Apprentice would simply be “contains twats.”
- Deal Or No Deal would be “gratuitous boredom and beard.”
I’m sure you could think up loads more. But only if you’re bored.