Mary Poppins’ British rating has risen after sixty years

In the United Kingdom, the age rating for Mary Poppins was raised almost sixty years after its release. The responsible British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has amended the rating to include “discriminatory language”.

Mary Poppins is rated U, which means that something is unlikely to contain substances that could offend or harm. The PG rating now indicates that parents should be aware as some scenes may not be suitable for young children. Rating modified for theatrical release only. The film returns to British cinemas next month.

The BBFC did not say what “discriminatory language” prompted the change. According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the matter is related to the word “Hottentot”, which is an outdated and insulting term for the Khoikhoi people of South Africa.

The change currently applies to the UK only. In the Netherlands, Kickweiser is set to “all ages”. A company spokeswoman said the rating on the website would be modified if anything changes. It is not clear whether discussions are ongoing. The spokesman said no statements were made at all regarding the ongoing issues.

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