The Caribbean island of Barbados which had banned the 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Darren Aronofsky, which stars Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis, has now lifted that ban following an outcry from some members of the public, and one local cinema.
The Cinematograph Film Censorship Board (CFCB) last Wednesday, had reported that the film would have been banned in Barbados because it was "sexually offensive", but had later decided to review the film following petitions which were made on facebook site "For Freedom of Thought and Expression in Barbados.
It has been reported in local news that the censors arrived at the Olympus cinemas on Monday to review the film, but the visit was cut short, as instructions were passed down from the Ministry of Culture not to view the film at that time.
Black Swan has caused many tongues to wag because of its vivid lesbian scene in an atmosphere where homosexuality is being forced at societies around the world through every medium possible. Barbadians have also been speaking out against the fact that the star appears to have committed suicide in keeping with the Black Swan theme.
Suicides, and attempted suicides, have been plaguing Barbados over recent weeks, and have some believing this is a good reason to also ban the film, as it would protect persons who might be at a sensitive point in their lives, to be protected from the suicidal ideologies expressed in this film.
Persons against the banning have argued that in a democratic society a board should not be censoring what they should, or shouldn't watch. They have also pointed to other areas of society where moral standing seem to be falling, yet has been spoken against. Others have wondered how the Movies like Break Back Mountain could be allowed, yet Black swan is being denied.
Black Swan has received widespread acclaim from film critics. The film has received many nominations and wins from the likes of Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, Golden Globe Award, Academy Awards, and many others.
This film will be rated-R due the sex scene which some believing was a bit too strong, whether it is between lesbians, or heterosexuals, and might be more appropiate for the home.
The Olympus Theatres have now placed ads in the daily newspapers revealing that the award winning film has been released, and it has been rated R
According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) film rating system, a film carrying a rating of "R" signifies it is restricted, and those Under 17 require an accompanying parent or adult guardian - (1968-present)
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