Film Pride, self-censorship on United States market

This video from Britain is called Pride, Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott. Historical Comedy HD.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Pride director defends US marketing of the hit DVD

Wednesday 7th January 2015

THE director of hit movie Pride has defended the US cover of the DVD version of the film — which deleted all references to the theme of homosexuality.

Wording and imagery on the cover was changed for the US release, including the removal of references to the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners group.

Speaking on BBC radio, director Matthew Warchus said: “I think someone in the marketing department in the US used their marketing judgement to try to remove any barrier to the widest possible audience.

“It’s clumsily done but I understand it and it’s a valid instinct.”

The film tells the story of a group of lesbian and gay activists who are determined to do their bit to help striking miners in Thatcher’s Britain.

Despite encountering resistance on both sides, they develop a moving bond with a pit community in south Wales.

What a sad news about this, in itself great, movie. After airbrushing away (except for one brief allusion) that Mark Ashton, one of the protagonists in the film, was not only a LGBTQ activist, but also a communist, ‘because of the United States film market’. After self-censorship about naming Rupert Murdoch‘s media as the authors of the ‘Pits and Perverts’ attack on LGBTQ-miners’ solidarity.

It is bad enough that there is now self-censorship in media and among authors because of NSA spying. We don’t need any more (self-)censorship, because of fear of homophobes on the United States movie market.

9 thoughts on “Film Pride, self-censorship on United States market

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  6. Wednesday 25th January 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    THE group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) announced an appeal yesterday to raise funds for a plaque celebrating the life and achievements of founding member Mark Ashton.

    The group was formed during the 1984-85 miners’ strike to raise money for the mining community. LGSM’s story was told in the 2014 film Pride.

    The former Young Communist League general secretary died at the age of 26 after he contracted pneumonia in 1987 having previously been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

    The group plan to raise £1,500 via a crowdfunding website.

    LGSM secretary Mike Jackson said: “Sadly Mark died in 1987 and we are now trying to find funding to put a plaque up above Gay’s The Word bookshop in London to commemorate Mark’s life. We are trying to raise £1,500.

    “We intend to install and unveil the plaque on May 19 which would have been Mark’s 57th birthday and hope it will be a fitting and lasting memorial to our Mark.”

    Donations can be made online at:


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