By Emma Joliff
A music video by Nathan King a.k.a. Derty Sesh, son of comedian Mike King, has angered a rape prevention group.
They describe the video for 'Let Me Introduce Myself / Forever' as violent, misogynistic pornography - but there are two parts to the video.
One is funded by New Zealand on Air and broadcast on New Zealand television – the other, an extended version, only available on YouTube, is the one that's causing all the offence.
The extended version features mutilated body parts and a murder scene.
Rape Prevention says women they surveyed found it offensive; they've written to the prime minister asking for the video to be banned.
“They felt degraded, they couldn't understand the pure hatred of women that this video portrayed,” says Kate McGregor of Rape Prevention.
The video was commissioned by King's record company Move the Crowd Records – the company owner Kirk Harding is surprised at the outcry.
“I'm legitimately shocked because we did not set out to offend this group in particular or any group like it,” says Harding.
He says the extended version is based on the program Dexter, about a serial killer, and that they thought they were simply making a horror movie, with a classic horror plot.
Clips on YouTube are not subject to classification before being posted.
“Anybody of any age could be on there including very young children and clearly it's not appropriate for them,” says Martin Cocker of Netsafe.
Netsafe has surveyed teenagers about what they find offensive.
“Graphic violence, autopsy photos, murder scene photos, and this is the kind of thing that they said disturbed them so in that regard it's quite significant,” says Mr Cocker.
The Nathan King in question is not to be confused with the former lead singer of Zed, who has the same name but very different tastes.
“I'd go so far as to say I hope his career fails miserably until he stops representing what he's representing – that's how against it I am,” says Nathan King, formerly of Zed.
The chief censor says complaints can be made to him or the Department of Internal Affairs.
If the video is deemed to be objectionable under the classification act then it would be banned and illegal to possess it – or complaints can be made directly to YouTube.
source: newshub archive