Classic films are slapped with stricter ratings to appease woke audiences 

Classic films are slapped with stricter ratings to appease woke audiences 
Classic films are slapped with stricter ratings to appease woke audiences 

Classic films including Rocky, Flash Gordon and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back have all received tighter ratings classifications as film censors bow to 'snowflake' viewers.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) moved several films from Parental Guidance (PG) to 12A, meaning no child under 12 should watch without being accompanied by an adult.

The former rating meant the film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. 

Of the 93 complaints the board received last year, 27 were regarding 1980 space opera film Flash Gordon.

Classic films including Rocky (pictured), Flash Gordon and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back have all received tighter ratings classifications as film censors bow to 'snowflake' viewers

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Classic films including Rocky (pictured), Flash Gordon and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back have all received tighter ratings classifications as film censors bow to 'snowflake' viewers

Of the 93 complaints the board received last year, 27 were regarding 1980 space opera film Flash Gordon. Flash Gordon's main villain, Ming the Merciless (pictured), was of East Asian appearance but played by Swedish-French actor Max von Sydow

Of the 93 complaints the board received last year, 27 were regarding 1980 space opera film Flash Gordon. Flash Gordon's main villain, Ming the Merciless (pictured), was of East Asian appearance but played by Swedish-French actor Max von Sydow

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was also re-released and was classified PG for 'moderate violence and mild threat'. It had been a U film, meaning it was suitable for all ages

British film censor claims Flash Gordon villain Ming the Merciless is a 'discriminatory stereotype' and 'offensive'

Viewers have been warned about an 'outright offensive' character in the iconic movie Flash Gordon. 

The British Board of Film Classification has added a warning about Ming the Merciless, advising the audience that the character played by the late Swedish actor Max von Sydow is a 'discriminatory stereotype'. 

The 1980 movie was reclassified as a 12A, and the BBFC said Ming is 'coded as an east Asian character' and would now be considered, 'dubious if not outright offensive'. 

Last year, Gone With The Wind was temporarily removed from HBO Max over concerns about its depiction of slavery. 

On its website, the BBFC warns: 'An alien character is coded as 'Asian' due to his hair and make-up, although he is portrayed by a Caucasian actor. 

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'The character derives from the film's dated source material, but some viewers may find the depiction offensive.' 

In a podcast released a few days ago, BBFC senior policy officer Matt Tindall said the film was originally classified A, or advisory - the equivalent of a PG. 

He added: 'Things we have moved on since 1980 and we had to look at Flash Gordon with fresh eyes. In doing so, we came to the conclusion that for modern audiences its much more appropriately rated 12A than PG. 

'Flash's arch-nemesis, Ming the Merciless, is coded as an east Asian character due to his hair and make-up, but he's played by the Swedish actor Max von Sydow, which I don't think is something that would happen if this

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