Though it's a classic short story and a staple of American English courses, The Lottery has been banned by both school districts and an entire nation.Read More
January 2017: BANNED MEDIA MONTH
Free speech is often lauded as a vital human right. However, this right is not absolute, and generally you aren't allowed to say things that are considered 'dangerous'. What constitutes 'dangerous' depends on where you go, though, and one person's artistic expression is another person's profanity. So, we're going to be taking a look at banned media from around the world for the month of January (or Banuary, if you will). The following culture recommendations are works of art that are considered so dangerous in some parts of the world, groups and governments will imprison or hurt you if they find you possess them.
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Before Hollywood started enforcing its self-imposed moral standard known as the Hays Code, Scarface shocked audiences with its violence to the point that several states and cities outright forbid it from playing.Read More
While Frankenchrist features long songs condemning American culture, it was a poster included with the record that landed Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra and label manager Michael Bonanno in court with an obscenity charge.Read More
In 1991 Raise the Red Lantern received international praise for its story about the concubine system in 1920s China, but the Chinese government saw it as a subtle condemnation of authoritarian rule.Read More
One of the most banned paintings in the world was considered so shocking, the original owner kept it hidden behind a curtain. It wasn't displayed publicly for over 100 years, and even today police sometimes confiscate books bearing its image. What could this painting be of to cause such intense reactions?Read More
Humans have been writing smut for thousands of years, from obscene poems to dirty folk songs. But when the first erotic novel was written in 18th century England, it caused such a stir that the courts banned it for over 200 years.Read More
When an artist cannot create, what do they do? Some will sit idle, waiting for their circumstances to change. Others will abandon their creative pursuits altogether, in favor of something less punishing. But some, like acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, will struggle to keep creating.Read More
The African country of Mali has a long, rich musical tradition that still pervades its culture. This compilation album features the best music that was popular in Mali, before extremist Muslims banned it.Read More