Mary Poppins has been Deemed Potentially Unsuitable for Children in the UK

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Mary Poppins has been deemed potentially unsuitable for children.

The iconic film “Mary Poppins” has faced a recent development as the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) decided to revise its age rating ahead of a special re-release to celebrate the film’s 60th anniversary.

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The BBFC has elevated the film’s rating from U (no material likely to offend or harm) to PG (parental guidance) due to concerns related to “discriminatory language.” While the BBFC did not explicitly specify the language at issue, reports suggest it may be associated with the use of the word “Hottentots” in the film, a term now recognized as racially insensitive.


This alteration marks the first change in the film’s classification since 1964. Notably, Reginald Owen’s character, Admiral Boom, uses the term twice in the film, including referring to chimney sweeps with blackened faces. The BBFC explained that the absence of condemnation for this language within the film factored into the decision to raise the age limit.


The move aligns with the BBFC’s commitment to addressing concerns about exposing children to potentially distressing or offensive language.

The organization said: “We understand from our racism and discrimination research… that a key concern for… parents is the potential to expose children to discriminatory language or behavior which they may find distressing or repeat without realizing the potential offense.”



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