- The film Inxebe was removed from cinemas and given an x18 rating due to its display of gay Xhosa men.
- Censorship was a tool used in apartheid to control the masses and is now being used in our democracy.
- The removal of the film was due to the fact that people in power do not agree with a Xhosa man being gay, not to protect anyone.
Censorship, a strategy that was used by the apartheid government of South Africa to control media, has presented itself in our ‘democratic’ South Africa. The award winning film, Inxebe (The Wound) was given an x18 classification due to it displaying gay Xhosa men.
The film was removed from cinemas and completely banned on local and international sites and can now only be seen in locations licensed to screen adult entertainment.
Just like the apartheid government did, the media is now being controlled by our current South African government. The censoring of films was used to control and segregate the races. The Publications Control Board had the power to ban a film outright, demand scenes be cut and to restrict the screening of a film to certain audiences, mainly that of the white population.
This was used in order to control Race and Class in South African Film in order to keep the policies of apartheid in place was to support and keep apartheid in place.
With the South African made film being censoshiped and banned, the film industry are arguing that apartheid strategies are being used in our modern day democracy when and where it suits the ruling powers best.
The argument from officials is that they are trying to protect South Africans from perspectives that they do not agree with or are not able to full understand, when really all they are doing is filtering out perspectives that them as individuals do not agree with, like gay Xhosa men.
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