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Black Swan gets green light
‘Black Swan’ has won 48 awards and has been nominated for 166 others, including an Academy Award. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday February 24, 2011 – Barbadians will be able to watch the award winning film ‘Black Swam’ in local theatres after all.

The country’s Film Censorship Board yesterday, a week after banning it from being shown in cinemas because of “offensive sexual behaviour”, said it would allow it to be screened under an “R” rating which restricts admission to persons 18 years and older .

The decision came after an appeal by Managing Director at Olympus Theatres John Morgan. The cinema has already put ‘Black Swan’ on its schedule, showing it twice daily.

The ban had prompted an outcry from film goers and other residents. It spawned a Facebook group entitled 'For Freedom of Thought and Expression in Barbados' and also prompted an online petition, 'Against the Affront to Freedom of Expression in Barbados by the Barbados Board of Film Censors' which had gathered 313 signatures up to the time the ban was lifted.

Morgan posted a note thanking people for their support.

“My thanks to everyone who commented on the banning of the film as it was your voices that made reason prevail,” he wrote. “It seems that the global wind of listening to people has come to us in our own little issue of decrying censorship. Black Swan may not be for you but it’s not anyone's right to unilaterally decide that but yourself.”

Morgan recommended that movie goers do their own research on the Internet Movie Database, at, for “a neutral account of what's in all movies and a snapshot of international ratings”.

Barbados had been one of just two countries in the world to ban ‘Black Swan’, the other being the United Arab Emirates. The movie features a scene depicting a lesbian encounter which is believed to be what prompted the Film Censorship Board’s initial ban.

Despite the Board’s chance of heart, the creator of the 'For Freedom of Thought and Expression in Barbados' page which now has more than 510 members has insisted that only half the battle had been won: “We still want a review of the Board and how it is run and the standards it is held to. We must keep fighting for that.”

“The movie being banned prompted the page because it was the straw that broke the camel's back, but it's not just about the movie. This is about having the government answer our requests to regularize the Board and make public their standard operating procedures and criteria for rating.”

‘Black Swan’ has won 48 awards and has been nominated for 166 others, including an Academy Award.

It is a psychological thriller film starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis, with a plot revolving around a production of Tchaikovsky's ‘Swan Lake’ ballet by a prestigious New York City company. A ballet dancer (Portman) wins the lead in ‘Swan Lake’ and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odette's evil sister, Odile, the Black Swan

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Comment by deborah rollerson on February 27, 2011 at 6:00pm
God Bless America Mr Wilson that if I have 100 dollars and the creepiness dont creep me out then I can give the people dem my 100 dollars if I CHOOSE. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
Comment by Kim Wilson on February 27, 2011 at 5:27pm
One viewing is enough because the curiousity is satisfied, but the weird creepiness...unwanted.
Comment by JamRockLady on February 27, 2011 at 5:14pm
Comment by deborah rollerson on February 27, 2011 at 3:39pm
Thanks Mr Wilson I think I will go see it PRAY FOR MY BRAINS ha ha ha ha
Comment by Kim Wilson on February 27, 2011 at 3:08pm
This is a movie to see for it's central theme. I enjoyed it and the over-done talk of the female sex scenes was pure hype. They were tastefully done and did not take away from the story.
Comment by deborah rollerson on February 27, 2011 at 3:57am
I got that last part wrong. Cwazy people who say they are sane are in fact  insane, and the ones who say they are cwazy are really sane!!!!!
Comment by deborah rollerson on February 27, 2011 at 2:33am
As a matter of fact... anytime people who claim the ultimate knowledge of what is good for us are oppressing others their God given rights for freedom of speech, arts written ,spoken and acted chaos ensues.Its this right that separate man from animals. My mother always( God bless her rip soul) said that cwazy people who swear they are sane are f****** cwazy, and the ones who swear they are cwazy are f****** INSANE. GO FIGURE
Comment by JamRockLady on February 27, 2011 at 1:56am
@Incognito...I agree....
....TV/ Film can do serious psychological damage to the mind...

...but the brainwashing is sometimes out of any person's control. All those negative images they show of us has an affect on our lives, not "if we let it", it just does, whether we want it to or not...whether we're conscious of it on not. That's the cleverness of "brainwashing", those who are "brainwashed" are walking around swearing up and down that they're not brainwashed...*they just don't know they are being manipulated by the media). Yet they dress the same as everyone, like the same music, movies, political candidates...not of their choosing, but because 'the media'/'TELL-LIE-VISION' (especially news...the biggest propaganda/lie machine of them all), persuaded them otherwise on a sub-conscious level.
Comment by deborah rollerson on February 27, 2011 at 1:48am
Only weak minded people would be brainwashed, I don't think to many people are.Weed does much more brain washing than anything else. DAMN
Comment by Incognito on February 27, 2011 at 1:41am

Yep Mayers I've been around for a minute Bro... 


No doubt JamRockLady TV/ Film can do serious psychological damage to the mind if you believe everything you watch and always take it at face value. The same goes for all various forms of media. Frankly if you didn't see it with your own eyes or write it yourself, then the information you see or read is open to manipulation.  We have to separate art from news.  Granted Art can be used as a tool of mind-manipulation, if a person is easily influenced to act or think in a certain way from watching a flick, then this person is simply mindless lemming anyway, and would fall for anything.  Me personally - I watch flicks for entertainment - always have and always will.  I've got way too many talented friends in Film making to not support the Industry.

All that being said, I can tell for the mis-information and incoherent comments on TV, in editorials and blog-sites far too many people are stuck on stupid believing all the b/s they see and hear.


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