Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The EU – 50 years of ‘coming together’

WARNING: Do not click on the above link if you are offended by pornography or lewd behaviour.

His Grace would not normally facilitate the propagation of such material, but he is somewhat incensed by this. The EU British tax-payer-funded video clip is not to be classified U, PG, or 12A or 15: it is for adults only. It is sexual in all manner of combinations, and ends with the (new?) EU slogan ‘Let’s Come Together’. It purpose is to advertise the EU fund ‘MEDIA’, which helps distribute successful films made in one EU state to others.

Apparently, the Poles have objected fervently to the ‘intimate scene between two men’, but the official riposte has been: ‘The European Union is not a bible belt, we believe in freedom of expression and artistic creativity.’

According to EU communication spokesman Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, this short video clip manages to ‘explain better what the EU is doing’.

Err... to itself or to the United Kingdom?

His Grace is a little too polite to conjecture…


Blogger Tony said...

It is a shame Your Grace that, while the EU professes to believe in freedom of expression and artistic creativity, it does not believe in free trade or democracy.

The sooner we leave the supposedly enlightened pornographers to their federalist orgy the better.

3 July 2007 at 17:27  
Anonymous CCTV said...

It is always tedious to have such material in plays or TV dramas or adverts. There is something pathetic about actors playing these roles when real pornographic material is played by non-actors in better films than this.

Why not have this kind of drivel binned and split the world into tasteful understatement and separately, pornography?. That way children won't get confused and adults won't get bored by the dreary spectacle which slows down plotlines and attempts to sell naff products.

Sex scenes in drama or adverts are tiresome and sexless with all the charm of watching gibbons at the zoo....

3 July 2007 at 17:42  
Blogger Cato, author of www.toryheaven.com said...

"the Poles have objected fervently to the ‘intimate scene between two men’"

But not the scene between two women?

3 July 2007 at 19:04  
Blogger Livingsword said...

And everybody says Hollywood has no taste! When these kinds of things are done to get attention it simply puts on display the utter lack of creativity, and complete desperation of those involved.

3 July 2007 at 19:14  
Anonymous B. Taylor said...

This is a new low for the EU in terms of propaganda. I feel like a proletariat in 1984 getting pornography shovelled down my throat to keep me distracted.

3 July 2007 at 19:53  
Anonymous athanasius said...

Will you permit me to say that the clip is a visible if obvious metaphor for what the EU has been doing to the UK for many years?

3 July 2007 at 20:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel like a proletariat in 1984


3 July 2007 at 20:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen this?

3 July 2007 at 21:20  
Anonymous B. Taylor said...

Thank you anonymous for the correction.

3 July 2007 at 22:17  
Blogger Hanson said...

I share your outrage your Grace.

Off topic - would you please restore the link to my site? I am still building a readership and I am sure that a link from your eminent award winning blog would help (that's enough brown nosing for today).

4 July 2007 at 13:22  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Hanson,

Of course. Consider it done.

4 July 2007 at 17:27  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

At the risk of sounding like a silly romantic girl amongst all this outrage, most of those scenes are from the film Amelie which is a lovely and most endearing film which shows that odd-balls can find love.

The scenes taken out of context may seem vulgar, but in the film, they are funny and delightful.

I might even suggest that given the erudite nature of His Grace's blog, that all of you are odd-balls simply because you frequent it, and whether you have found your matching odd-ball or not, I am sure you would enjoy the film.

4 July 2007 at 20:59  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

Cato 7.04
"But not the scene between two women?"
Sexual relations between men are not the same as sexual relations between women. How can they be?

5 July 2007 at 01:25  
Anonymous Observer said...

I am sure you would enjoy the film

I very much doubt it; and now I know my taxes paid for it ...I feel irritated


It is getting increasingly Soviet in its desire to control and influence every aspect of our lives through tax and subsidy and propaganda

5 July 2007 at 07:07  
Blogger Hanson said...

Thank you Your Grace.

5 July 2007 at 10:17  
Blogger Caroline Hunt said...

But from the sounds of what snuffleupagus is saying - and by looking at it myself - no additional footage has been shot. All that money that's been spent is on paying an editor for a day to make a montage out of the clips. I'm one of the first to complain about the EU but really this is very very very very very miniscule fry.

5 July 2007 at 10:33  
Anonymous Observer said...

One can see Caroline why the Conservative Party is an irrelevance on matters concerned with the EU being in essence the main engine of European Integration in this country......


Film 2

The European Union will spend 755 million euros in seven years to support local films, the European Commission said on Monday.

Under the new Media 2007 program, launched on Sunday evening in Berlin, Germany, almost 65 percent of the total budget will be used to promote circulation of European films to other European countries and worldwide.

755 million Euros is small fry to someone like Caroline Hunt but it is $1.03 billion to taxpayers.......no wonder the Conservatives are at sea over Europe they cannot even see beyond the superficial

5 July 2007 at 11:17  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Is it the type of film that annoys you, or is it simply the idea that your taxes should support any film at all? Or is the problem that the film is European?

I am thrilled to hear that European film makers will receive more money to help them compete with Hollywood. What kind of a world do you want Observer? One where only McDonalds and Rambo survive?

Why not watch Amelie and give it a chance? Live a little...

5 July 2007 at 21:38  
Anonymous Observer said...

What kind of a world do you want Observer?

One where The State does not decide which films will be produced - it is what Dr Goebbels did at Babelsberg and what the Soviets did.

You obviously would have no problem living under a State which dictated every aspect of life, but it is not comptible with a free society for The State to have direct influence over media in this way.

Hollywood was at its greatest when it had the European exiles fleeing European governments which tried to use film as a propaganda weapon against Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s - go watch the film Mephisto - to see how far collaboration with the regime went

6 July 2007 at 05:39  
Anonymous Snuffy said...

No Observer - I would indeed have a problem with a State which dictated every aspect of life. But I do enjoy the lifestyle permitted when the State ensures that we are not surrounded by porn and betting shops, McDonalds and Tesco, Schwarzenegger films and Schwarzenegger politicians, Fox news, tiresome shopping malls and stupid leaders of countries who supposedly represent the ordinary man.

True freedom (freedom from such rubbish) is not possible in a absolutely free society.

I will watch Mephisto if you watch Amelie and keep an open mind while doing so. Deal?


6 July 2007 at 07:27  
Blogger Hettie said...

Snuffy: I've seen Amelie, so can I ask you to watch Mephisto? :)It is an excellent film, and European. No McD's in that one nor Schwarzenegger.

6 July 2007 at 20:00  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Of course Hettie. To be honest, I am not sure I haven't already seen Mephisto but I will go in search...

I wanted to encourage Observer to step to a different beat for a moment. As he hasn't replied, I can only assume my efforts have failed.

Of course Hollywood does not only produce nonsense. It certainly produced great films in the past and even now, still does. Given His Grace's current dalliance with wine, I suspect he too may have appreciated the film Sideways.

6 July 2007 at 22:32  

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