In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour “movie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film.
During Eurovision 1978 the Jordanian broadcaster censored the Israeli performance, instead showing pictures of flowers. When it became apparent that Israel would win, the broadcast was cut off and it was announced that Belgium had won instead.
Charles Lyne, a British filmmaker, raised $8486 to force two people to watch a 10 hour 7 minute movie of paint drying. Those two people were employees of the BBFC, responsible for classifying movies, and the stunt was done to protest the BBFC’s power of censorship.
In the 1950’s, TV shows were not allowed to use the word “pregnant” as it was considered indecent.
Throughout the 1930s, Hollywood allowed the German government to censor films in the U.S. and around the world that were unflattering towards Germany or the Nazis. Georg Gyssling, Hitler’s consul in Los Angeles, was invited to preview films before they were released. If Gyssling objected to any part of a movie—and he frequently did—the offending scenes were cut. As a result, the Nazis had total veto power over the content of Hollywood movies.
In the popular 1990s anime “Sailor Moon,” Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune were a lesbian couple. Their relationship was censored out of the American version because the show was marketed as children’s television.
In 1970, Mississippi lawmakers banned “Sesame Street” from being broadcast statewide simply due to the racial diversity of the human cast members.
Speedy Gonzales was fully removed from Cartoon Network due to racial stereotypes until fans–including large Hispanic organizations–demanded he return.