Carry On Ranting !!!
Carry On Censoring….or Why the hell are these movies being cut for television ???
The Carry On films. A part of the nations fabric. Seaside postcards bought to life. We all grew up with them, and we loved them for exactly what they were, harmless, saucy fun. Watching them was like putting on a comfy pair of slippers. Comic perfection. They have been screened on television countless times, and never before have they been shown cut or censored…..until now. ITV3 decided to screen two days worth of Carry On films back to back over the course of two days during Christmas, and every single one of them was cut to shreds. I’ve seen every one of them so many times, as we all have, and we know instantly when a scene or line has been cut out.
These classic slices of British entertainment were mostly made during the 1960s and 1970s, and reflected the prevailing attitudes of the times. Basically they were about as politically incorrect as it’s possible to be….. but we loved them for it. They were totally harmless and in my opinion still are. Obviously network television disagrees with that.
Do they really think folks nowadays are so sensitive as the mere mention of a doubles entendre will offend them ??? Surely boob jokes and visual sauciness wouldn’t cause that much of a stir nowadays would they ???
If I’m wrong please tell me. Maybe it’s me, perhaps i’m just a relic of the 70s but I honestly see no harm in what we found funny back then. Yes I know comedy has moved on but surely there’s still room in today’s society for what we laughed at a few decades ago. I hardly think the sight of Sid James leering over Barbra Windsor, and making endless remarks about her knockers is going to destroy the fabric of life as we know it.
Come on ITV. You know it makes sense. Show these classic comedies uncut…..and if you can’t id urge any fans of these British instutions to buy one of the many dvd boxsets. That way you can view them completely intact as they were meant to be seen……