Parents can learn about the terms and language they can expect to hear in children’s films and TV shows in a new guide published by the British Board of Film Classification.
It comes as a survey carried out on behalf of the organisation showed that while most adults feel comfortable swearing or using strong language with friends, they do not in front of children, and do not want to hear more coarse or offensive words on screen.
The BBFC’s guide covers the U, PG and 12A/12 categories, and classifies words including f*** as strong language, and c*** as very strong.
Acronyms that refer to expletives – such as WTF (What the f***) – are classified as if they are the words in full.
BBFC chief executive David Austin said: “Children are watching more content on multiple screens, and their parents want to protect them from strong and very strong language wherever they can and for as long as possible.
“Parents told us they are keen for media industries to share the responsibility – and that’s where we come in.
“Very strong language retains an innate shock value, and for some remains the last taboo.”
In films categorised 12 or 12A there may be “moderate” bad language, the BBFC says on its website, and “strong language may be permitted, depending on the manner in which it is used, who is using the language, its frequency within the work as a whole and any special contextual justification”.
PG films should have “mild bad language only”, while U films can feature “infrequent use only of very mild bad language”.
The BBFC’s survey was commissioned to find out if parents would accept more frequent use of strong and very strong language in films watched by children and young teenagers.
Six in 10 respondents indicated that swearing is part of their daily life, with nearly a third (30%) saying they use strong language more than they did five years ago.
But six in 10 respondents also said that while they are comfortable using strong language with friends, they refrain from doing so if children can hear. Only one in five said they were comfortable swearing in front of children under 16 at home.
The research also suggested a generational divide when it comes to swearing, with nearly half (46%) of Generation Z respondents frequently using strong language daily, compared to only one in 10 (12%) of 55 to 64-year-olds and one in eight (12%) over-65s.
A quarter (25%) of 16 to 24-year-olds said they would never use strong language in public, compared to a majority of over-65s (75%), according to the results.
The research for the BBFC, carried out by Magenta, consisted of 76 participants who watched and reviewed films over 10 days, 17 online focus groups with a total of 66 participants, and an online survey of 1,000 adults aged 18 plus across the UK.
Harry and Meghan’s documentary series trailer released by Netflix
The trailer for Harry and Meghan’s new documentary series has been released.
The one-minute preview, released by Netflix, features previously unseen black and white photographs of the couple set to music.
They are heard being asked “Why did you want to make this documentary?” to which Harry replies: “No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors.”
He adds: “I had to do everything I could to protect my family” before Meghan is seen wiping away tears.
The trailer ends with Meghan saying: “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”
Images of William and Kate with Harry and Meghan at the Commonwealth Day service in 2020, the Sussexes’ final public appearance as senior working royals, feature among the images.
There are also joyful pictures of the couple kissing while Meghan sits on a kitchen counter, as newlyweds dancing at their wedding, cuddling in a photobooth, and Meghan cradling her baby bump.
But the duchess is also pictured in sadder moments, wiping away tears and sitting with her hands covering her face.
Netflix describes the documentary, titled Harry & Meghan, as a “global event” and says it is “coming soon” – reports say it will land on 8 December.
It says the show “explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution”.
It features commentary from friends, family and royal historians.
It adds: “The series does more than illuminate one couple’s love story, it paints a picture of our world and how we treat each other.”
The director, Liz Garbus, is a two-time Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director.
Harry and Meghan signed lucrative deals – thought to be worth well over £100m- with Netflix and Spotify after quitting the monarchy and moving to the US.
Squid Game actor O Yeong-su to stand trial on indecent assault charges in South Korea
The Squid Game actor O Yeong-su will stand trial on charges of indecent assault after a woman accused him of inappropriately touching her.
The trial of the Golden Globe winner, 78, was set for February at the district court in the South Korean city of Seongnam last week.
Specific details about the case could not be confirmed at this stage, Kim Myeong-un, an official in the district prosecutors’ office, said.
O allegedly made unwanted physical contact with the woman, who has not been identified, at a meeting five years ago.
He denies any wrongdoing and has claimed he only held the woman’s hands to “show her the way” as they walked around a lake, according to a local television channel.
O said he had offered the woman an apology, not because he accepted the accusations against him were valid, but because the woman allegedly told him she “wouldn’t raise an issue” about the incident if he did, according to JTBC.
O became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe in January after he was named the best supporting actor for his role in Squid Game.
The violent Netflix drama follows a group of severely indebted adults competing in a series of deadly children’s games for a share of a cash prize.
O was also nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Oh Il-nam, a mysterious elderly contestant who joined the games after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
O has not yet commented publicly on the allegations.
Jake Flint: US country star, 37, dies just hours after getting married
US country music star Jake Flint has died unexpectedly at the age of 37, just hours after getting married.
The Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter died in his sleep after he tied the knot with wife Brenda on Saturday.
His heartbroken bride posted on Facebook: “We should be going through wedding photos but instead, I have to pick out clothes to bury my husband in.
“People aren’t meant to feel this much pain.
“My heart is gone and I just really need him to come back.
“I can’t take much more. I need him here.”
She also shared a picture of the couple dancing after their nuptials on Facebook, writing “I don’t understand.”
Mr Flint’s publicist, Clif Doyal, said the musician died in his sleep in the early hours of the morning on Sunday, 27 November.
“Flint had exchanged wedding vows with Brenda Wilson on Saturday. He was 37.
“No official cause of death has been determined.”
In a statement shared by Mr Doyal, Mr Flint’s family said they were “broken” over the “tragic loss” of their beloved son, brother, uncle and partner, known to them as Jacob.
“He valued his family, friendships and living life to the fullest, which was evident in his songwriting.
“Every person who knew him has a story of his wit, charm, talent and compassion.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and the many beautiful tributes that have been shared about the impact Jacob had on many lives.
“While we grieve what we know could have been, we are grateful that his talent and love live on in his songs.”
A service for Mr Flint will take place on Monday at Cedar Point Church in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Instead of flowers, the family have requested donations to the Red Dirt Relief Fund, an organisation which provides emergency assistance funding grants to musicians in need.
A fundraising campaign has also been launched to raise money for the family of Mr Flint, described as a “great man in our music community.”
The musician was in the middle of a multi-state tour and had been scheduled to perform in Claremore on Friday.
His former manager, Brenda Cline, said she “loved him much like a son”, hailing him as the “funniest, most hilarious, hardest working, dedicated artist I have ever worked with in my career.”
“Jake has a million friends and I’m not sure how everyone will cope with this tragic loss,” she wrote on Facebook.
“This is going to be incredibly difficult for so many. We love you Jake and in our hearts forever.”
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