“Mary Poppins” is no longer suitable for all audiences in the United Kingdom

The children's and family classic from the 1960s, Mary Poppins, in which Julie Andrews played a “supernatural nanny”, was one of Disney's “for all audiences” factory films…until now.

According to film rating agency the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the film was re-rated in the United Kingdom because they considered that “discriminatory language” was being used. “Mary Poppins” has moved from “U” (equivalent to all audiences in England) to “PG” (Parental Guidance Suggested), which means that they consider some of the film's contents to be “not suitable for a film” that should be viewed by children's audiences and their parents .

The British agency decided to raise the age rating for the word “Hottentot” because after analyzing the film, the character of the retired Navy soldier “Admiral Boom” used a term that was the way hotties were previously called. A group of shepherds from South Africa. In the scene, the character believes he is being attacked by the Hottentots while the Chimney Skino dance on the roof with their faces smeared with charcoal. The Marines end up shooting fireworks at them while the cheeky demons shoot them. The BBFC concludes that as well as being racist, it is an “outdated term” today.

The reaction in the UK was immediate. Fans of the film, which left a memory in many families with the songs sung in the film such as “Con un poco de azcar” or “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, do not understand the reason for this new classification.

At the time, the 1964 classic was considered “modern” at the time for songs like “Socia Suffragette” about women's suffrage. The song performed by “Mrs. Banks” called for “the pursuit of freedom” and the choice of “equality in living and in clothing.” The controversy among the British has only just begun.

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