Prejudice, not censorship

Monday June 17, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor
Taron Egerton stars as Elton John in Rocketman. 19061608 Taron Egerton stars as Elton John in Rocketman. 19061608

Dear Editor,

Whatever my personal views, I would like to know that every movie and TV show is treated with the same censorship respect and rules.


The proposed ban on Rocketman tells me this may not be the case. Saturday's paper states that  "illegal acts" and "religious grounds" are the rules of Cook Islands censorship.

Then why is murder passing so freely onto our cinema movies and TV shows, and no fuss being made?  Murder is illegal and the 9th Commandment states "you shall not murder". Was John Wick banned by the censor? If not, why not?

Are there two sets of rules? I chose to see Rocketman and I loved how his nanna supported his dream, seeing what amazing music came from the team work between Elton John and his song writer Bernard Taupin, the beautiful creativity shown in the costumes.

The music reminded me of times in my life and I admired that Elton could share his life story both the good and bad times.

As adults we get to choose what we do and see, therefore the censor, does not affect me. But they are bound to use the same rules for all movies.

Otherwise it is prejudice, not censorship. 

It's a great movie about a life journey, following your dreams and reaching your potential.

Melinda Morris Ponga

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