Lady Gaga just upped her street cred. Apparently, in China, the Ministry of Culture put out a list of songs that are illegal to distribute because they supposedly threaten the country's "national cultural security." Six Lady Gaga songs made the list and Katy Perry, Owl City, Christina Aguilera, Simple Plan, Beyonce, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys also garnered song bans. Also disallowed: "Jingle Bells." Oddly enough, the Batman remix of the popular Christmas tune is nowhere to be found. Quite curious if you ask me.
The reason for the ban reportedly has nothing to do with content -- at least officially. The basis on paper is that the songs were never submitted to the Chinese government for "approval and registration." Well, I'm sure it's stated somewhere very clearly that all songs ever must be submitted for approval to the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Right?
Just take this as a moment to appreciate the fact that you can sing along to songs about "Disco sticks" and melting "popsicles" here in the good ol' U.S. of A. That's what our forefathers were fighting for, right?
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The actor has posed topless for the Bare Skin, Not Bearskin ad, which urges officials at Britain's Ministry of Defence to stop slaughtering Canadian black bears to make the Queen's Guards' hats.
He says, "The obvious alternative is to make caps out of faux fur. You know, use synthetic materials to avoid killing a beautiful animal. They're not to keep warm. It's not particularly freezing outside Buckingham Palace. You could wear something else. And you could certainly wear faux fur."
Bamber joins animal-friendly stars including Pamela Anderson, Joss Stone and Ricky Gervais who have spoken out against the use of bear hides.
The humanitarian actress flew to Turkey and met with those forced out of their homeland by war after lodging her request with the country's foreign ministry officials.
Prior to the trip, she recorded a new video message to mark World Refugee day on 20 June (11).
In the footage, she says, "Every day, thousands of people run from war, persecution and terror. Even one is too many. One family forced to flee is too many. One child growing up in a camp is too many. One refugee without hope is too many."
The Hollywood humanitarian, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, recently lodged her request with Turkey's Foreign Ministry, and spokesman Selcuk Unal revealed on Wednesday (15Jun11) that they had given Jolie the green light to proceed with her trip.
The actress, who will reportedly land in the country on Friday (17Jun11), plans to stop by refugee camps in southern Turkey.
Thousands of Syrians have been forced to leave their homeland in recent weeks following outbreaks of violence in protest to the government's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations.
Jolie is currently in Malta with her longterm boyfriend Brad Pitt and their six kids. The family will spend the summer there while Pitt shoots new zombie movie World War Z on location.
The Hollywood actress is a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and has made numerous trips on behalf of the agency, including a surprise visit to Afghanistan in March (11).
She is now wading into the Syrian crisis, which has seen thousands of residents flee in recent weeks due to violence in the country and a crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations.
Jolie is hoping to visit refugee camps in southern Turkey, where many Syrians have ended up. Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal has confirmed officials are "currently considering the request".
The actress travelled to Tunisia in April (11) to see the country's own refugee crisis first-hand as thousands fled from neighbouring war-torn Libya.
So, in news that won't really surprise anybody who's ever seen or heard anything about The Human Centipede, the sequel The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) just got banned by the British Board of Film Classification, citing that it is "sexually violent and potentially obscene," according to Empire. The DVD cannot be legally distributed anywhere in the UK. The board also said that its "unacceptable material" is not fixable with cuts, but the filmmakers have six weeks to appeal.
This is a rare decision from the Board (after all, this is the UK -- all they do over there is snort drugs and have sex, right?), but their argument is well-thought-out. However, it will be interesting to see the backlash of this news and if censorship once again finds itself at the forefront of discussion.
Check out what they had to say below, but it should be noted, though, that the paragraphs are full of spoilers of the film and are quite grotesque in nature themselves. Bottom line: If all of this is too much or perhaps you just have a weak stomach, go watch this funny video of a cat amazed by a toilet.
"The first film dealt with a mad doctor who sews together three kidnapped people in order to produce the ‘human centipede’of the title. Although the concept of the film was undoubtedly tasteless and disgusting it was a relatively traditional and conventional horror film and the Board concluded that it was not in breach of our Guidelines at ‘18’. This new work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the ‘centipede’ idea into practice. Unlike the first film, the sequel presents graphic images of sexual violence, forced defecation, and mutilation, and the viewer is invited to witness events from the perspective of the protagonist. Whereas in the first film the ‘centipede’ idea is presented as a revolting medical experiment, with the focus on whether the victims will be able to escape, this sequel presents the ‘centipede’ idea as the object of the protagonist’s depraved sexual fantasy.
The principal focus of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is the sexual arousal of the central character at both the idea and the spectacle of the total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, and murder of his naked victims. Examples of this include a scene early in the film in which he masturbates whilst he watches a DVD of the original Human Centipede film, with sandpaper wrapped around his penis, and a sequence later in the film in which he becomes aroused at the sight of the members of the ‘centipede’ being forced to defecate into one another’s mouths, culminating in sight of the man wrapping barbed wire around his penis and raping the woman at the rear of the ‘centipede’. There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalised, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience. There is a strong focus throughout on the link between sexual arousal and sexual violence and a clear association between pain, perversity and sexual pleasure. It is the Board’s conclusion that the explicit presentation of the central character’s obsessive sexually violent fantasies is in breach of its Classification Guidelines and poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers.
David Cooke, Director of the BBFC said: “It is the Board's carefully considered view that to issue a certificate to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board's Guidelines, would risk potential harm within the terms of the VRA, and would be unacceptable to the public.
“The Board also seeks to avoid classifying material that may be in breach of the Obscene Publications Acts 1959 and 1964 (OPA) or any other relevant legislation. The OPA prohibits the publication of works that have a tendency to deprave or corrupt a significant proportion of those likely to see them. In order to avoid classifying potentially obscene material, the Board engages in regular discussions with the relevant enforcement agencies, including the CPS, the police, and the Ministry of Justice. It is the Board’s view that there is a genuine risk that this video work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), may be considered obscene within the terms of the OPA, for the reasons given above."
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The Desperate Housewives star has joined singing siblings The Proclaimers, as well as author Ian Rankin, in rallying against plans to close down RAF Leuchars.
Bosses at Britain's Ministry of Defence are considering shutting the base as part of a Strategic Defence Review, but Scott fears the proposed closure will have a disastrous effect on the local community, reports Scotland's Daily Record.
He tells the publication, "The impact on Fife of closing the base would be extensive and long-term - it would affect jobs, schools, local services and community groups."
Longtime Idol critic Richard Rushfield has chronicled the history of the TV talent show in his new book American Idol: The Untold Story, and admits one of the most fascinating characters behind the scenes on the show has nothing to do with the programme.
The Los Angeles Times and Daily Beast contributor's research led him to a Christian ministry that raises funds for Idol contestants and their families.
He tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "This woman Leesa Bellesi from Orange County, California claimed while she was recuperating from a surgery that she got a call from God that she says told her to go backstage to American Idol.
"She had no connection to the show and she was not part of Hollywood, so it seemed to her at the time a bizarre direction. She opened herself up to it and through coincidence wound up backstage at American Idol, and then one of the contestants wandered into her church one day. And she ultimately won tickets (to the show) on a radio show.
"She ended up starting this ministry to work with Idol contestants and their families to give them counselling and sustenance. She provides for their material needs as well for the contestants' families who find it hard to find the money to come out and be there with their kids. Through the congregation she raised the money to get them plane tickets and let them stay in her house.
"The ministry started during season seven and there were three different families of Idol contestants living with her during the course of the show."
The Brit was due to open one of his Ministry of Food Centres in Ipswich, Queensland in March (11) to provide cookery lessons and nutrition advice to local residents.
But since the area was devastated by flood waters this month (Jan11), Oliver has put his plans on hold and opened a kitchen to provide hot meals to those who have lost their homes in the disaster. The centre will provide 250 free meals a day to those in need, as well as relief workers who are spear-heading the clean-up efforts.
Oliver says in a statement, "I've been as shocked as anyone by the scenes of devastation in Queensland and the tragic stories to go with them. It's only right that the Ministry of Food Centre in Ipswich plays its part in helping the community, so I hope that providing free freshly cooked meals for those who need them most will go some way to helping the local community and relief workers in the coming days and weeks. The people of Queensland are always in my thoughts at the moment."