UK: 1964 Mary Poppins Movie Gets Age Rating Increased Because of Hottentot Joke

I suppose I can reveal at this point that the one time I met Dick Van Dyke, he called me a “potato nigger,” and said “the English should have starved all of you paddy scum.”

Then he told me he was going to sweep my chimney and instead he poured gallons of used cooking oil down it. It was totally destroyed. I had to buy a new chimney.

I support these sanctions against him and his nagging slut magic nanny.

The Guardian:

Mary Poppins has had its age rating lifted to a PG by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) almost 60 years after it was first released.

The film’s rating has been upgraded from U – which signifies no material likely to offend or harm – to one advising parental guidance due to the use of discriminatory language, the Daily Mail reported.

It was changed because of a derogatory term for the Khoikhoi, a group of people who were among the first inhabitants of southern Africa.

Classifiers picked up on the term used by the character Admiral Boom – first as a reference to people not onscreen, then as a reference to the film’s child stars when their faces are blackened with soot.

“We understand from our racism and discrimination research … that a key concern for … parents is the potential to expose children to discriminatory language or behaviour which they may find distressing or repeat without realising the potential offence,” a BBFC spokesperson told the Mail.

Shouldn’t they put a warning for Dick Van Dyke’s name too?

“Content with immediate and clear condemnation is more likely to receive a lower rating.”

When deciding on how to classify a film, the BBFC considers scenes that might show dangerous behaviour, discrimination, and references to drugs and sex. It also considers the language used in the film, scenes of nudity and of threat, horror and violence.

Classifiers particularly look out for discriminatory language or behaviour that is “unlikely to be acceptable unless clearly disapproved of, or in an educational or historical context, or in a particularly dated work with no likely appeal to children”.

Who would have even thought that “Hottentot” would be sanctioned. In America, you’re allowed to be racist against white people (and Asians, in many or most cases).

The British I guess are more honest about it, just because the country is less Jewish.

Those cheeky devils.

Snake Baker contributed to this article.