"So why has Gone Baby Gone provoked such a drastic reaction? Can't the majority of viewers distinguish the solid line between fact and fiction and realise that fiction is often the best way to make us think about issues and problems?"

On the Guardian blog Maxim Jakuboiwski asks why it’s been decided that a film directed by Ben Affleck where a child is abducted should be not shown in the UK. As some of you know, the UK (or the UK’s media) spent a summer mulling over the sorry story of Madeleine McCann who was abducted in Portugal. Reacting to the ban of the film adaptation Gone Baby Gone, Maxim says:

So why has Gone Baby Gone provoked such a drastic reaction? Can’t the majority of viewers distinguish the solid line between fact and fiction and realise that fiction is often the best way to make us think about issues and problems?I don’t see the point of withdrawing the film; who do they think they are protecting? After the McCann case broke both the BBC and ITV decided to rewrite storylines in, respectively, Eastenders and Coronation Street, due to purely coincidental similarities with the affair. “It was felt any storyline that included child abduction would be inappropriate and could cause distress to our viewers”, revealed a BBC spokesman. However Gone Baby Gone was actually written more than a decade ago and filmed a year beforehand and cannot in any way to be said to be exploiting the case.

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