The Interview: Schnarking, Knob Jokes and the right to cause gross offence

McNair, Brian (2015) The Interview: Schnarking, Knob Jokes and the right to cause gross offence. Journalism Practice, 9(3), pp. 452-454.

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Discussion of censorship and media freedom in the context of The Interview.

A few weeks before the murderous attack by Islamic extremists on the satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, the Hollywood dream factory had its own encounter with would-be censors. The Interview (Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, 2014), as everyone with an interest in culture and current affairs cannot fail to be aware of by now, is a comedy in the “grossout” tradition exemplified by commercially successful movies such as Ted (Seth MacFarlane, 2012) and Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011). Their humour is a combination of slapstick, physical comedy, and scatological jokes involving body fluids and the like— hence the “gross”. The best of them have been very funny, as well as bordering on the offensive (see Ted’s scene involving prostitutes, a foul-mouthed teddy bear and the entertainment value of someone taking a dump on the living room floor). They have often been controversial, as in the Farrelly brothers’ Me, Myself and Irene (2000), starring Jim Carrey as a schizophrenic police officer. At their most outrageous they have pushed the boundaries of political correctness to the limit.

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ID Code: 82896
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Journalism Studies, Media Studies, Film Studies
DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2015.1019191
ISSN: 1751-2786
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2015 03:48
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 03:31

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