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Jimski
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A group of people, backed by Liverpool City Council no less, want to slap an 18 certificate on any film that shows a character smoking.

Is it April 1st yet?

This bit strikes me as particularly bogus somehow:

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"The international evidence...is that one in two children between 11 and 18 who witness smoking in movies actually experiment with - and therefore start - smoking themselves," Mr Hull said of recent research.
Calling Ben Goldacre...

P.S. Woulda put this in film, only I think it might be read by more here, and to be honest says more about the world than it does about film.

[ 16.03.2008, 08:13: Message edited by: Jimski ]

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Barndoorio
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In other news, a call for ice cream to be banned is growing support. This follows evidence that of children to try ice cream before the age of 18, almost all of them go on to drink alcohol, with a shocking number going on to have sex before marriage.
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Femme Folle
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You really don't want to mess around with that ice cream. I had it for the first time when I was four years of age. The next year, I experimented with alcohol and by the time I had reached nine years of age, I was addicted to methamphetamine and heroin. And methadone. And Barbie dolls. My childhood was a living hell.

Just say no to ice cream, kids.

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blackdogbeak
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"The international evidence...is that one in two children between 11 and 18 who witness smoking in movies actually experiment with - and therefore start - smoking themselves," Mr Hull said of recent research.
I can, off the top of my head, think of five things in this statement I'd want Mr. Hull to clarify. How many can you spot?
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Femme Folle
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Like how could movies be more influential than a child's parents, aunts, uncles, their peers and random strangers?
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lyra
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This is great. next step, hopefully, banning all films where people eat fried food or sweets. Hey presto no more fat kids.
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For example, if a character popular with children such as Harry Potter was somehow promoting cigarettes or seen smoking, the film would be rated accordingly, she said.
Haha fuck me. Have any of these people SEEN any films ever? Don't they know that the easiest way to tell us who's bad is to make them smoke.
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Jimski
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I adore the picture and caption on the BBC article too...

The main character in Good Night and Good Luck chain-smoked

Heh, I love the idea that kids might take up smoking because Edward Murrow chain-smoked.

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