When I think of a "L.A. Zombie" I usually think of dudes in Ed Hardy t-shirts wearing tiny fedoras, just following the herds, but when Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce thinks of a L.A. Zombie, he thinks of a blue-skinned zombie alien in search of cocks to suck. But when the Australian Film Classification Board thinks of L.A. Zombie, LaBruce's latest movie, they think "gay porn" and "not in our country," all to the delight of LaBruce.
"My first thought was 'Eureka!'" LaBruce told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I'll never understand how censors don't see that the more they try to suppress a film, the more people will want to see it. It gives me a profile I didn’t have yesterday."
The controversy began after Melbourne Film Festival director Richard Moore received a letter that L.A. Zombie was being refused classification (or as we Yanks say "ratings") and therefore could not be shown in Australia.
Clearly, the Australian Classification Board just doesn't "get it." In L.A. Zombie, the blue-skinned alien zombie creature sucks and fucks the corpses he finds, the gay sex act is bringing those bodies back to life, in what LaBruce says is a positive message. "People come back to life [in my film], it's a metaphor for healing [and] "a reaction against torture porn."
Duhhhhhh, Australian Classification Board! And can you believe that the version they saw wasn't even a real penis? LaBruce says the copy of L.A. Zombie screened for the festival was a "soft core" version, where "it's obviously a fake prosthetic. It's a bizarre-looking thing with a scorpion's stinger, it's clearly not a human penis."
Not a human penis! Did you hear that Australian Classification Board?
LaBruce hasn't decided to appeal the decision but is campaigning via Facebook to urge Australians to protest the decision. "I wasn't expecting it with this one," said LaBruce. "My film Otto screened in Melbourne and that also had a zombie penetrating another zombie."
Take that Australian Classification Board! Man, what's happening to this world? Its almost as if you can't make a gay porn zombie movie without everybody wigging the fuck out!
Source: Sydney Morning Herald