Mary Poppins upgraded to PG over language

By MediaMonkey

February 27, 2024

Mary Poppins have been rated a U for decades, but the British Board of Film Classification have stepped it and upped it to a PG.

Why? Language.

No,someone hasn’t heard Mary sneaking in a craft fuck, but the language from the 1964 song contains words which aren’t okay now thanks to a better understanding of racist stereotypes.

Specifically, the word Hottentot is used twice as an insult. It’s a word that, while out of date now, is a term of offence to the Khoikhoi and San people in Southern Africa, especially when it’s being used to insult some chimneysweeps.

As the BBFC put it: “While Mary Poppins has a historical context, the use of discriminatory language is not condemned, and ultimately exceeds our guidelines for acceptable language at U. We therefore classified the film PG for discriminatory language.”

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