Film board stands by Spear rating

2012-07-27 16:00

Durban - The Film and Publications Board (FBP) stood by its decision to classify the painting The Spear with a rating of 16N, spokesperson Prince Mlimandlela Ndamase said on Friday.

"We are still confident that the appropriate rating was provided, given the material that was submitted to the classification committee."

Last month, the classification committee of the FBP gave artist Brett Murray's controversial painting, which depicts President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals, a 16N rating.

The Goodman Gallery then launched an appeal against the classification of The Spear.

Ndamase said the FBP would provide its reasoning for the classification of the painting at the appeals tribunal.

"We are aware that the painting was defaced prior the classification, but we made our decision on the basis of complaints received from members of the public."

Ndamase said it was not the FBP's job to classify paintings, but it was by law obliged to act if numerous complaints from the public were received.

"No complaints were received from politicians or high-ranking personalities."

Ndamase could not provide the date for the appeal but said it would be given to the media when confirmed.

  • oistar.tutu - 2012-07-27 16:23

    What is the film and publications board doing rating art. It is not their department, it is not their field, it is not their concern. I agree go-away, voetsek

      robert.a.haynes.1 - 2012-07-27 16:45

      Couldn't agree more, the FPB are not sanctioned to rate any form of art other than film and or publications, hence the name "Film and publications Board" - They have NO jurisdiction over this and are merely bowing to their superiors, nothing more...

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-07-27 16:47

      Maybe a couple of Spear Sucker uppers on the Board?

  • dave.leverton - 2012-07-27 16:24

    Get a real job.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-27 16:27

    His masters voice, perhaps?

  • Aaron - 2012-07-27 16:29

    And that's about all you need to know about the intelligence of the people at the FPB - the same morons who want every online YouTube video to get an FPB rating. So will they go ahead and rate the entire body of art history now as well, so that we can well and truly become the laughing stock of the world?

  • nicole.trigg1 - 2012-07-27 16:33

    What a Joke! If the FPB is going to start doing this then they should put an 18N on Michelangolo's statue of David... Not only the penis visable, but testicals and rear end too! And how about the photo's of black women baring their breasts on the bochures the Governments very own Tourism department displays all over the world to "promote" South African tourism? Come on FPB, fair is fair... Or is it?

  • tednhet - 2012-07-27 16:52

    OMG How pathetic, but WTF.

  • kim.buren - 2012-07-27 17:01

    Bwahahahahahahah You go Brett Murray

  • aspruyt - 2012-07-27 17:09

    Film board rating art? Banana Republic!

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-27 17:31

    I am tired of this nonsense the publication board is a load of silly people who draw an allowance and waste tax money. Forget about them. I have in my mind a picture of Jacob Zuma with his phallis hanging out He still looks stupid and the picture it is still reflection of the man.

  • erick.letshwene - 2012-07-27 17:34

    A picture of 70 yr old man with his private parts exposed. sis Brent

  • Michael - 2012-07-27 17:36

    We welcome Film board firm stance, we can not publicly display without age restriction painting of a known president in that manner, let those who have kept that picture to continue show their 5, 6 and 8 years old children within their own houses as they also feed them with wrong information, that of disrespecting people of other race groups.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-27 17:46

      Micheal please be specific who do you classify as other race groups. Are you refering to your white group

      Michael - 2012-07-27 17:55

      No, there are black people who are racist also, my point is, i just dont understand why people would like children to see that painting, why must we allow our kids to see their President naked? Thats not correct.

      dave.leverton - 2012-07-27 18:09

      It's just a painting. Nobody in their right mind would want to see the real thing naked.

      Michael - 2012-07-27 18:10

      So, you wanted to verify wether i am black or white or indian? (hy thumb down.......ya ya ya...yo! I love this Country am telling,(smilling)

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-28 07:54

      Ag you really missed the point. the painting reflected his Behaviour as perceived by he people. Had he been white the painting would still have emerged. But had he been a whit president, he would have known better.

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-07-27 17:42

    8===D Now News24 had a 16N rating

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-07-27 18:03

    All Hail the Dictator. Bunch of Zuma puppets.

  • hester.ferrezuelo - 2012-07-27 18:10

    @ FPB : What will your opinion be, come December and Zuma is no longer president? this country is so skewed. Girls at the age of 12 can opt to have abortions, but a painting get this much publicity!!

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-07-27 18:18

    Do you mean 16inch? Don't understand!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-28 07:59

    Zuma would have been quite happy with the depiction had it reflected a toti twice the size. This would all have blown away. He is insulted that it looks average.

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-10-10 19:49

    I had another look at the painting. I still think it is Malema hanging from Zuma’s pants!

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