The new Harper code.


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New NFB logo?

The federal government's move to deny tax credits to TV and film productions that contain graphic sex and violence or other offensive content.

This sounds so.......familiar...Now where have I heard that before?

Bing Bing!!!!

Three "General Principles" As Follows:

1. No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.

2. Correct standards of life, subject only to the requirements of drama and entertainment, shall be presented.

3. Law, natural or human, shall not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for its violation

Anyone who knows even a little about the history of film in the US, knows all about the "Hays" code. This was a puritanical reaction to several Hollywood scandals of the 1920's. The morality of the nation was said to be in jeopardy!....The most well known of these scandals was the railroading of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Three murder trials, all tainted by the authorities and the actions of the police. Crusading fundies, Hollywood orgies, drugs, newspapers sensationaliztion....this story has it all!

As a result, United States Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 came into play. It was developed by, Will H. Hays.. chairman of the Republican National Committee 1918–1921) and U.S. Postmaster General from 1921 to 1922.


Specific restrictions were spelled out as "Particular Applications"of these principles:

  • Nudity and suggestive dances were prohibited.
  • The ridicule of religion was forbidden, and ministers of religion were not to be represented as comic characters or villains.
  • The depiction of illegal drug use was forbidden, as well as the use of liquor, "when not required by the plot or for proper characterization."
  • Methods of crime (e.g. safe-cracking, arson, smuggling) were not to be explicitly presented.
  • References to alleged "sex perversion" (such as homosexuality) and venereal disease were forbidden, as were depictions of childbirth.
  • The language section banned various words and phrases that were considered
    to be offensive.
  • Murder scenes had to be filmed in a way that would discourage imitations in
    real life, and brutal killings could not be shown in detail. "Revenge in modern times" was not to be justified.
  • The sanctity of marriage and the home had to be upheld. "Pictures shall not imply that low forms of sex relationship are the accepted or common thing." Adultery and illicit sex, although recognized as sometimes necessary to the plot, could not be explicit or justified and were not supposed to be presented as an attractive option.
  • Portrayals of miscegenation were forbidden.
  • "Scenes of Passion" were not to be introduced when not essential to the plot. "Excessive and lustful kissing" was to be avoided, along with any other treatment that might "stimulate the lower and baser element."
  • The flag of the United States was to be treated respectfully, and the people and history of other nations were to be presented "fairly."
  • The treatment of "Vulgarity," defined as "low, disgusting, unpleasant, though not necessarily evil, subjects" must be "subject to the dictates of good taste." Capital punishment, "third-degree methods," cruelty to children and animals, prostitution and surgical operations were to be handled with similar sensitivity.

Welcome to Canada.....Soon to be the new home of the New Hays Harper code?

What a way to decimate a whole industry, and censor art.

And make us the laughingstock of the world.


Great graphic, pale

Tee hee. I hope it makes the rounds.

excellent graphic

Nice work!

I might be misremembering this, but I could swear that I once heard of the "three thrust" rule for American broadcast teevee. It made me laugh to think of the poor set-person who had to stand by the bed LOL

Of course, this stuff ain't funny at all. Can't believe it's come to this so quickly :(

Thanks. :)

I recall someone saying how many hells and damns could be used in a show. :S
Just insane.

Mae West used to play mind games with the censors...
An interview....With Dick Cavett. He was always a bit of a git. But its worth watching for Mae. :)



Powers that be, powers of three, keep me strong during this insanity......