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Hollywood movies, video games, comic books, miniskirts and even jazz music..they've all been BANNED!

Byline: LUKE CONLAN

MAMA Mia! There are some strange laws out there.

The Italian seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia announced last month its intention to ban miniskirts.

Mayor Luigi Bobbio said the regulations would help "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence".

So in honour of Italian puritanos, we look at some of the most famous banned items of the past to the most recent absurd and "offensive" items.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE FIRST released in 1971, A Clockwork Orange was banned by the Irish Film Classification Office because of the graphic and often violent content.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the movie was subsequently unavailable in the US and Britain.

It was released on VHS and DVD in Ireland in 2000, 29 years after it was first made.

MANHUNT 2 MANHUNT 2 is a 2007 video game - the only one banned by the IFCO. It objected to "gross, unrelenting and gratuitous violence."

The ban on Manhunt 2 is important because it was the first of its kind. The IFCO felt so strongly about the game that they included a section about it in their annual report.

FACEBOOK

THE Facebook debate is one which divides parents and children all over the world - and one school principal in New Jersey has taken his campaign against the site to a new level.

Anthony Orsini has asked parents of children attending his school to ensure that they do not use the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.

The disgruntled principal thinks such sites have a detrimental effect on the minds of his GANGSTER RAP IRAN'S Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned rap m u s i c a n d approved a series of raids on Tehran's rap c o m m u n i t y. Young people h a v e b e e n arrested for performing or listening to the banned music.

The controversy surrounding rap has a long tradition. Many people view the genre as discrimin a t o r y a n d p r o m o t i n g violence, and attempts have been made to ban various rap artists.

MOBILE PHONES

IT is hard to believe that just a decade ago, mobile phones were still considered a novelty. But the age of users is getting younger and younger and not everybody welcomes this.

Some schools in New York have banned pupils from bringing the phones to class. The devices are seen as a distraction and the ban aims to increase awareness in class.

THE LIFE OF BRIAN THE Life Of Brian is a 1979 British comedy film written by Monty Python. The film tells the story of Brian Cohen, born next door to Jesus Christ and subsequently mistaken for the Messiah.

The film was banned in Ireland because of the satirical representation of Christianity, and was the subject of much debate. The ban was finally lifted in 1987.

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

BRIEF Encounter is a 1945 British Film directed by David Lean. It was banned in Ireland because i t was deemed to be too permissive of adultery, and would c o r r u p t yo u n g minds.

The plot focuses on a young woman as she loses interest in her husband and finds herself in an affair.

COMIC BOOKS

HUNDREDS of comic books were banned by the US Senate in the 1950s because they were "too scary for kids".

Titles such as Tomb of Terror and Horrific were described as "inappropriate".

JAZZ

THE Kremlin banned even listening to jazz during the Cold War. The music was seen as celebrating American culture and listening could mean jail - so people dared not hear the likes of Louis Armstrong or Dave Brubeck.

CARTOONS

IN 2008, the Russian television channel 2U2 removed The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, and other animated US shows.

It had been taken to court by the Russian government, which threatened to close the station unless it stopped airing the shows.

Prosecutors claimed they "promote violence and cruelty, pornography, anti-social behaviour, abound with scenes of mayhem, infliction of physical and ethical suffering, and are aimed at invoking fear, panic and terror in children".

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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Nov 17, 2010
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