editorial: is language in 12A films going too far?

I don’t consider myself to be a conservative type but after watching 12A rated films in the cinema recently I started to ask myself if the BBFC was being too lenient.  In the last two X-Men movies and Transformers: Age of Extinction the “f word” was used and a new term “A hole” is creeping in as well and even features in the Guardians Of The Galaxy trailer.

The BBFC web-site says the following:

The BBFC’s Guidelines state that strong language (e.g. ‘f***’) may be passed at 12 or 12A, depending on the manner in which it is used, who is using the language, its frequency and any special contextual justification. Aggressive uses of strong language may result in a film or DVD being placed at the 15 category. There is some allowance for puns on strong language at this category.  There may be moderate language (e.g. uses of terms such as ‘bitch’ and ‘twat’ at 12 or 12A).

To be fair the BBFC is being consistent in its application of its guidelines but I don’t think its appropriate.  I don’t believe 11/12 year-olds should be exposed to such language on a regular basis.  My view is that studios are finding they are being allowed to push the boundaries and are doing so.  I thought the classification was brought in to allow a darker tone, a little more realistic violence.  I would very much like to hear what people have to say.  Am I being a little sad?  Am I thinking too much?


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