BY SHILE SHONOIKI
Bros, you just spoke the minds of many of us; we, the Frustrated Feem Watchers. DStv has ruined our movie experiences so tay, we are just left with folding hands and “taking for God”. (In Yoruba, ‘Gba f’olohun’.) However, it is worse than you know. Now, DStv has not only replaced ‘God’ with silence, but has also made itself God over our right to watch a movie whole. THEY NOW DELETE WHOLE SCENES!!!
Yes. I was watching 12 Years a Slave last week and several violent scenes were removed! The scene where Chiwetel Ejiofor was being beaten with a plank in the beginning was deleted! The scene where Lupita Nyong’o was raped was abridged! It was so frustrating! I also watched Snowpiercer last week. Several scenes were deleted!!! All of the violent scenes. Like you rightly said, what is the V in SNVL then for if they have to manually remove all sex, nudity, violence and strong language?
It is a really a sacrilege because movies are art. And censoring art to the point of removing parts of it is just a sin against the universe. Doing this not only ruins the movie for the watchers, but also insults the intellect of the movie director. I need to even find out if it doesn’t infringe on the copyright. Removing “fuck” and some other words can still be excused because there is an option of changing the language of each movie. (DStv has a language option for each movie; if you want to hear the “fucks”, you change the language to the original rather than the default alternate language.) But what I can’t forgive is the total deletion of scenes. What gives them the right to do that?
The truth of the matter is that as long as the monopoly of DStv continues to exist, we would be subjected to this foolishness. Till then, we have to catch movies once they hit the cinemas otherwise we would not be watching the same movie the rest of the world watched.
PS: You probably haven’t noticed, but they now censor words like “oloshi” and “olori buruku” in some Yoruba movies. Oh yes.
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