I remember once I was having a discussion with a friend about odd and stupid laws. Now, I at one point argued that I believe how harshly you can be punished for breaching the Video Recordings Act (1984) is slightly overkill.
For those unaware if you sell an 18 rated DVD to a 17 year old, thereby breaching the video recordings act, then you can possibly face:
- £5000 fine.
- (and) Six months imprisonment.
- (AND) a subsequent criminal record which will fuck you up for any future employment you want to get.
My friend somehow took this as me arguing that we should abolish the BBFC ratings system and then spent half an hour telling me why I’m wrong and how stupid I was for trying to argue something that I never actually said. I just thought it was slightly overkill and the fact that the ratings are only guidelines shouldn’t mean that someone can have their entire life fucked up because they mistook someone’s age.
Obviously I’m not saying we should let five year olds buy Texas Chainsaw Massacre on DVD but I think a little bit more common sense and a bit less Big Brother controlling you might go a long way.
Green Day’s lovely cover of Eye of the Tiger
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i thought you were exaggerating holy shit