Birth Of A Nation: The Role Of Censorship In Film

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To Censor or Not to Censor Throughout time, censorship has been debated, in writing, speech, and even in films. The First Amendment references our freedom of speech and the press; but how free are they? In the films Birth of a Nation from 1915 and The Interview released in 2014 relate to sensitive topics of their era. From the release of each film arose a different view of censorship, reaction from the public, and different conclusions. First, Birth of a Nation had its debut about a century ago, introducing a new, and in our day in age, taboo, hero: the Ku Klux Klan. The villains were portrayed as African-American people. This controversial, three hour long movie, provoked the rise of a new Ku Klux Klan. Jim Beckerman, a writer for The Record, wrote an article about the Birth of a Nation that said, “On November 25, 1915, the Ku Klux Klan- until then nearly extinct- came roaring back to life at Stone Mountain, Georgia, citing ‘The Birth of a Nation’ as inspiration.” This proved to be a controversial movie of its time, just as The Interview became controversial as well. The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, blew up in the media when North Korea, according to Thanh Tan, threw a “cyber-tantrum.” People wanted to…show more content…
The birth of a Nation focused on a role reversal as the Ku Klux Klan became the heroes as African-Americans were shown as evil. The Interview made a comedy out of North Korea, their leader, and their form of government. This raised a fear of the strong forces of North Korea, and a need to censor the film that was never implemented. The First Amendment still protects a citizen's right to the freedom of speech or even of creating a movie, and will for a long as the United States remains intact as a country.Censorship has not been necessary ever since the birth of America as a nation in 1776, and hopefully prove to continue to be that way over the next
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