'Seeing Red' criticised by UK TV watchdog. The BSC ruled that it had strayed from the expected fantasy element and 'had gone beyond acceptable boundaries for the time of transmission' (page 14 of the Adobe document).
If you can't open the Adobe document, the BBC News Site reports on the Broadcasting Standards Commission findings:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer once again came in for strong criticism for its depiction of violence and a attempted rape as well as its homosexual content screened at 1845.
BBC Two defended the screening by saying the violence was "cartoon-like" and that the homosexual storyline between characters Willow and Tara had been a long-running one.
But the BSC said the combination of the violent scenes, rape and homosexuality saw it stray from its fantasy element.
In 2001, an episode of Buffy was criticised by the BSC for showing sex scenes before the watershed.
What's ironic is that the BBC did edit that episode for transmission at 6.45pm and fair enough that they defended it but choosing to describe the violence as 'cartoon-like' is not a term I would have used.
September 30 2003
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