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‘Inxeba’ Has Been Banned From Mainstream Cinemas

Inxeba is now classified as an adult movie by the Film & Publications Board.

The Film & Publications Board of South Africa tweeted this morning that the South African movie Inxeba (The Wound) is now rated X18 "with the classifiable elements of Sex, Language, Nudity, Violence and Prejudice."


This was a decision by the FPB Appeal Tribunal, responding to an appeal based on applications lodged by CONTRALESA Gauteng and The Men and Boy Foundation.

The complaints, according to the FPB's tweets, were largely based on the perceived cultural insensitivity and distortion of the Xhosa circumcision tradition (ulwaluko), [and] strong language in the film.

The movie was previously rated 16 LS and was showing in normal cinemas since last February 2. But it now cannot be shown in mainstream cinemas, but "designated adult premises."

What's odd about this announcement however is that the FBP, in the series of tweets, didn't give any substantial reasons for this shift. "The reasons for the decision of the Appeals Tribunal are to be shared once they have been finalized and furnished by the Tribunal."

Inxeba (The Wound), however, isn't that harsh, and the sex scenes aren't as explicit.

People on Twitter aren't pleased.

This not a surprising move by the FPB, which last year tweeted questionable homophobic lies, saying, "A new symbol has been added to the LGBTQi called Pedosexual (P). It is defined as being or constituting pedosexuality, sexual activity between an adult and a child."

The tweet has since been deleted, but you know the Internet never forgets.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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