Although it must be strange for her 15 years after she ‘released the hounds’, the phrase ‘Kate Winslet’s breasts’ is a pretty common Search Engine term of late thanks to China, since James Cameron’s re-release of his highly acclaimed blockbuster Titanic 2012 in 3D.
1 day after the new Titanic 3D extravaganza was released in theatres across China, 10 million took to Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter equivelant, to discuss the controversy they faced with the removal of, to put it bluntly, Kate Winslet’s breasts. One micro-blogger, as reported by IBtimes, vented their displeasure with this catchy and much repeated sentiment:
“I’ve been waiting almost 15 years, and not for the 3D icebergs,”
The scene in question is the one in which Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), sketches Rose in the nude (Kate Winslet), but in China, the scene has been altered so that the actress’ bare breasts are not shown.
What possible reason could there be for such a meaty part of the film (Sorry Kate for the expression) being cut? Well it seems a ridiculous one, that’s what, explained poorly by an official at China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television:
“Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing,” …. “We’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes.”
What if it were a man on screen, would the same rules prevail? Let’s just hope Jason Segel doesn’t re-release Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 3D, because half the movie would be omitted in China if it were the other way around (there is an AWFUL lot of Jason Segel showing in this movie in case you missed it). Ahhhhh Censorship, you really make things upside down and backwards don’t you.
re-release is bringing about quite a few interesting snippets on the web. Like the post at Houston Press
, discouraged by the flood of internet buzz that there exists in the younger generation a few cases documented who didn’t know Titanic
was actually based on a real event. Seriously? Do parents and grandparents not have conversations with their offspring anymore? See tweet sheet below courtesy of Virgin Radio Vancouver
with some of the chatter and proof in writing that there are actually people out there who don’t realize we just marked the 100 yrs anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic
on April 15th this past week.
from Virgin Radio Vancouver
Another fun one last week was a radio interview James Cameron
did with morning talk show hosts Nat and Drew from Virgin Radio Vancouver
, in it they peppered James
with questions at the end in quiz format. A few highlights below:
Virgin Radio: There is only one copy of Titanic and Avatar left in the world, which one would you choose to save:
JC: “That is an awfully hypothetical situation…it’s like Sophie Choice….that is an unfair question and I refuse to answer.”
Virgin Radio: Who are you cheering for James Cameron, in the Stanley Cup:
JC: “That’s hockey right?”
Virgin Radio: Finish this lyric to “My Heart will Go On” Once more you open the door and your here……:
JC:”Ahhhhhmmm, I don’t know, what is it?”
Virgin Radio: In my heart…you should know this…
JC: “I didn’t write the damn thing!”
Do you think China should have sensored Kate Winslet like that? Do you think James Cameron should be better versed at his Celine Dion lyric trivia? Do you think Titanic was just a movie? Or whatever you are thinking, leave a comment below…