Between Art and Religion pt. 2 : TV Rating
By the end of this, you would wonder, where is the connection between religion and art here ? It is very subtle in this post. But I do touched on it a little bit in the previous post, which you can read by clicking here.
U, PG13, 18...What does this actually mean ? TV Rating is put in front of a show but viewers are really aware what it is. Hence, when a show, or a drama, or a movie is shown and some parent realize that the content is appropriate to their children, they began to complaint unaware on the TV rating. At the same time, what does make the show being classify into that rating ?
Lets start with Malaysia rating system first. There are surprisingly only 3 rating for every show in Malaysia (including movie). The first one is U which is a General classification. It is appropriate to be viewed by all ages and can be shown anytime. The next one is P13, similar to PG13 in which children under 13 needs a parental guidance about the content within it. It can be broadcast anytime, however some content can only be broadcast at night. The last one is 18, where the content of the show is inappropriate for the viewers below 18 and cannot be broadcast before 10 pm. News and live program are exempt from TV classification (huh?)
Here where everyone need to aware. TV classification is made so that people know what to expect in a show. So when a classification P13 is shown on the TV, expect you have to do some teaching to your children, what is right or wrong. Parent could not just complaint that a show is inappropriate to their children when it is clearly told that it is P13. Unless it was U, and there were suggestive behavior in it, then that is another story.
LPF has done a good job in improving the viewing experience whether in cinema or TV in Malaysia. However, I do feel like a lot more thing can improved. Parents and viewers however must be aware of all thing as well. You can't blame a show for showing negative behavior, and then blame to someone else when the classification is appropriate. There's a role for everyone, if everyone play their role then, no problem would arise.
Despite all that there is one element that is also related to this which is the writing of a show. I will addressed that on another post because that is a whole another thing.
So what do you think of the TV Rating in Malaysia, or just in general. I'm interested to hear your thought. Sound it off on the comment section. Stay tuned for Justice League Throne of Atlantis review on Monday, and the continuation of this post on Wednesday. Don't forget to like and subscribe us on Facebook, Youtube, and Tapastic. Finally don't forget to follow us here at Comikrew Studio.
*information taken from Wikipedia and Malaysia LPF official website.