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SPCS seeks Classification of Shipton Sex Video

For immediate release,,,,,

Society for Promotion of Community Standards Inc.

P.O. Box 13-683 Johnsonville

Media Release

26 March 2007

SPCS seeks Classification of Brad Shipton Sex Video

Today the Society applied to the Chief Censor, Bill Hastings, to have the sordid and sick sex tape - highly publicised in the weekend by Sunday News - featuring former policeman and now convicted rapist, Brad Shipton; classified as "objectionable". It has applied for leave under s. 13(1)(c) of the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993 ("the Act") to have the one-hour video (untitled), which has been viewed by the editor of the Sunday News, Chris Baldock, and reported on in his paper, banned under s. 3(2) of the Act, due to its exploitative, degrading, dehumanising and demeaning sexual content. The Dominion Post (26/03) and Sunday News (25/03), TV One Morning Report (26/03) and Police Minister Annette King (media release), have all reported on the sordid content of the video involving police officers using police batons for penetrative sex, handcuffed orgy victims and depraved sadomasochistic acts. "Mary" who appears in the video reported to Sunday News that she was a victim of a "controlled rape" role-play involving serving police officers. She is reported as saying that Shipton and his fellow police officers "treated her like a piece of sh##".

The Society is asking that Mr Hastings call this sick video in under his special powers under s. 13(3) of the Act, in order to carefully examine its content, including the "controlled rape" scenes, use of police batons for penetrative sex etc - just as he called in the French rape video Baise-Moi (translated "Fu## Me") after he had viewed it privately. The copy of Baise Moi he viewed, featuring a four minute explicit rape sequence and a litany of sexual perversions and graphic violence, was supplied to him in a private capacity by Mr Bill Hood, CEO of the Film and Video Labelling Body, some years ago (as the Society has documented on its website). That video of Baise-Moi, which Hastings cleared for adult film festival viewing, was never submitted to his Office by any film distributor, the police, customs agent or by anyone using a legal avenue as set out under the Act.

The Society has made an application for a waiver on its application fee which it believes should be applicable to a non-profit organisation with no commercial or professional interest in this publication featuring a sick police culture. It is not holding its breath that Mr Hastings will grant the waiver.

ENDS

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