Thursday, August 11, 2011

Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines also makes these illegal


After the gigantic CCP art exhibit brouhaha, Christian groups are still pursuing a lawsuit against the artist for violating Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines. In order to aid them, let's look closely at the article in question and see who else they should sue.

Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code states:

Art. 201. Immoral doctrines, obscene publications and exhibitions and indecent shows. — The penalty of prision mayor or a fine ranging from six thousand to twelve thousand pesos, or both such imprisonment and fine, shall be imposed upon:

          (1) Those who shall publicly expound or proclaim doctrines openly contrary to public morals;
(2) (a) the authors of obscene literature, published with their knowledge in any form; the editors publishing such literature; and the owners/operators of the establishment selling the same; 
(b) Those who, in theaters, fairs, cinematographs or any other place, exhibit, indecent or immoral plays, scenes, acts or shows, whether live or in film, which are prescribed by virtue hereof, shall include those which (1) glorify criminals or condone crimes; (2) serve no other purpose but to satisfy the market for violence, lust or pornography; (3) offend any race or religion; (4) tend to abet traffic in and use of prohibited drugs; and (5) are contrary to law, public order, morals, and good customs, established policies, lawful orders, decrees and edicts; 
(3) Those who shall sell, give away or exhibit films, prints, engravings, sculpture or literature which are offensive to morals. (As amended by PD Nos. 960 and 969).
So, what else should be deemed illegal due to violating Article 201?

Those who, in theaters, fairs, cinematographs or any other place, exhibit, indecent or immoral plays, scenes, acts or shows, whether live or in film, which are prescribed by virtue hereof, shall include those which

(1) glorify criminals or condone crimes

A Clockwork Orange
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
The Godfather Part III
Scarface
Goodfellas
Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
The Shawshank Redemption
The Usual Suspects
Gone in 60 Seconds
The Whole Nine Yards
The Fast and the Furious
2 Fast 2 Furious
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Fast & Furious
Fast Five
Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Twelve
Ocean's Thirteen
Swordfish
Catch Me If You Can
The Transporter
The Transporter 2
The Transporter 3
The Ladykillers
Lord of War
The Departed
Inside Man
American Gangster

(2) serve no other purpose but to satisfy the market for violence, lust or pornography

Saw
Saw II
Saw III
Saw IV
Saw V
Saw VI
Saw 3D
Hostel
Hostel: Part II
Final Destination
Final Destination 2
Final Destination 3
The Final Destination
Final Destination 5
Gamitan
Sex Drive
Torotot
Sukdulan
Lupe
First Time
Boso
Warat
Scorpio Nights 2
Ang Galing Galing Mo, Babes
Balahibong Pusa
Vital Parts
Masikip Mainit... Paraisong Parisukat

(3) offend any race or religion

The Da Vinci Code (Catholics)
Angels & Demons (Catholics)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Chinese)
The Passion of the Christ (Jews)
Scarface (Cubans)
Brokeback Mountain (Christians)
Black Hawk Down (Somalians)
Borat (Too many to mention)
Song of the South (African-americans)
Monty Python's Life of Brian (Catholics)

There we go Pro-Life groups, some more things for you to ban if they are ever shown in public ever again. Let's close with an anecdote of another instance of censorship in the Philippines:

In the the Philippines chief censor Henrietta Mendez ordered three cuts of Schindler's List, due to its scenes that displayed female nudity and sexual intercourse, before it could be shown. As a result of these proposed cuts Steven Spielberg pulled the film from screening in the Philippines. As a result of Mendez's actions, Philippine senators demanded the abolition of the Philippine censors board. Concurrently with the release of the movie was "Schindler's Fist," a movie with many of the same plot points, which only added to the controversy. Senate justice committee chairman Raul Roco stated "such narrow-mindedness precisely shows the dangers of censorship." Mendez argued that "the sex act is sacred and beautiful and should be done in the privacy of the bedroom."

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