A nude is a nude is a nude, says film censor

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 August, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 August, 1996, 12:00am

Nudity is nudity, whether depicted in a 19th-century Manet painting or a hardcore porn film, and the public has the right to be warned, the head of the film censorship body said yesterday.

This was behind the decision to deem a museum slide show featuring an Impressionist masterpiece Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (Lunch on the Grass) unsuitable for children, said Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority Commissioner Peter Cheung Po-tak.

'Certainly some of those slides which showed frontal nudity, by our standards would be unsuitable,' he said.

'Say if you go to a film, would you say it's good for a child? [to be exposed to nudity]' 'Some of these images might not be suitable, in the eyes of most parents, not suitable for children.

'I think it's only proper we issue advice so adults can see it. Children under parental guidance can see it.

'We are not making a decision for the general public or parents, we are just offering information,' Mr Cheung said.

Exhibition director at the Hong Kong Arts Centre Oscar Ho Hing-kay responded: 'After 100 years, nothing has changed.' 'I find this totally unacceptable. It suggests that nudity is sinful, bad for your eyes.

'People have to be more open-minded about their bodies,' he added.


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