The Society is joining with a number of anti-violence groups that are calling for a New Zealand taxpayer-funded music video, featuring the son of comedian Mike King, to be banned. The slasher-style clip has been described as “violent, misogynist pornography”. The Society has made a formal complaint to the Censorship Compliance Office of the Department of Internal Affairs and the Office of Film and Literature Classification over the video clip and has requested an investigation to see whether or not this objectionable publication falls within their respective jurisdictions.
As the Sunday Star-Times reported in the weekend: “An extended, online version of the video for Nathan King’s second single “Forever” depicts the rapper, who performs under the name “Dirty Sesh”, crouching over a bound woman with a knife to her head, before stabbing her in a frenzy and cutting out her organs. The clip, which features shots of mutilated women’s bodies and body parts, then segues into the television version of the video, which shows the rapper stalking a young couple in a park, dispatching the boyfriend, then driving the woman to a secluded hut. The television version ends with the woman screaming as the hooded rapper appears; in the online version, he assaults her.”