Classic films including Rocky & Flash Gordon hit with tighter ratings to appease snowflakes

A STRING of classic films have been hit with tighter ratings to appease snowflakes.

Some family favourites have been upped from PG to 12A — meaning younger children can no longer see them without their parents.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was reclassified from U to PG for its “moderate violence and mild threat”.

Flash Gordon was reclassified for its 40th anniversary re-release over the inclusion of discriminatory stereotypes, according to the British Board of Film Classification.

Villain Ming the Merciless was of East Asian appearance but played by Swedish-French actor Max von Sydow.

Also uprated was 1976 ­boxing classic Rocky, in part because it contained domestic abuse, the BBFC said.

Even The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring and The Elephant Man were changed from PG to 12A.

David Green, of think tank Civitas, said films were at risk of becoming a casualty of cancel culture.

He added: “The censors have lost sight of the sound moral messages these films had and allowed themselves to be distracted by modern sensibilities.”

However, the board eased restrictions on other films, notably The Karate Kid and the first Fast and Furious.


Dulcie Pearce

IT makes me want to go to a galaxy far, far away when culture is changed to suit the overly sensitive.

An entire generation grew up on these films, with The Empire Strikes Back considered one of the best movies ever.

They are complete fantasy and while some kids might jump or get a little scared, so what?

Movies are meant to make you feel things.

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