WARNING: EXTREME VIDEO CONTENT.
Who on earth is censoring content at Network TEN?
A scene of a man defecating on air must be sinking to a new low for Australian television and surely a breach of the Code of Practice…
On Tuesday night ELEVEN screened the US movie Jackass II with a scene in which Dave England defecates on a dollhouse bathroom. He is known for being able to defecate “on command.”
A close-up managed to capture the moment in case there was any doubt. The offending scene has been uploaded to YouTube by “TV Whistle Blower.”
The movie was rated MA15+ for Adult Themes. But Adult Themes of this nature must be implied not actual.
Under the heading Advisory Note, Reality Television the Code of Conduct instructs: “Be aware that some behaviour in a ‘real’ context has more impact than in a fictional setting. For example, sexual behaviour in a reality context may be ‘R’ or ‘X’ rated because it is real activity not actors simulating in a drama. It is always considered that non-simulated material will be more impactful.”
“In order to comply with the Code of Practice, regard should be given to the camera angles that will be most suitable and those not to include. For example, to avoid gratuitous, demeaning or exploitative vision.”
It may also fall under the ruling that says: “A program or program segment will not be acceptable where the subject matter serves largely or wholly as a vehicle for gratuitous, exploitative or demeaning portrayal of sexual activity or nudity.”
To think that this rubbish passed for prime-time television when ELEVEN pushed a quality drama like Nurse Jackie back to 11:30pm to make room for it.
Just who is minding the network?
TV Tonight is seeking comment from TEN.
UPDATE: TEN has issued a statement: “Under the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, films are required to be classified according to the National Classification Board Guidelines. The Classification Board, which is an independent statutory body, makes decisions that broadcasters are obliged to follow. The Board deemed Jackass II appropriate for MA 15+. Our classification and consumer advice reflected that.
“The Jackass films are known for ‘pushing the boundaries’. Network Ten apologies to any viewers who were offended by the content of Jackass II.”
WARNING: EXTREME VIDEO CONTENT (NSFW).