Viewers have been warned about an ‘outright offensive’ character in the iconic movie Flash Gordon. The British Board of Film Classification has added a warning about Ming the Merciless, advising the audience that the character played by the late Swedish actor Max von Sydow is a ‘discriminatory stereotype’. The 1980 movie was reclassified as a 12A earlier this year, and the BBFC said Ming is ‘coded as an east Asian character’ and would now be considered, ‘dubious if not outright offensive’. Earlier this year, Gone With The Wind was temporarily removed from HBO Max over concerns about its depiction of slavery. Ming the Merciless, left, played by the late Swedish actor Max von Sydow, right, has been labelled a ‘discriminatory stereotype’ The British Board of Film Classification has added a warning about Ming the Merciless On its website, the BBFC warns: ‘An alien character is coded as ‘Asian’ due to his hair and make-up, although he is portrayed by a Caucasian actor. ‘The character derives from the film’s dated source material, but some viewers may find the depiction offensive.’ In a podcast released a few days ago, BBFC senior policy officer Matt Tindall said the film was originally classified A, or advisory -… Read full this story
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