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What changes were done with Sailor Moon to make it heteronormative?

Following changes were done to remove homosexuality elements. From Screenrant, Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus Went From Girlfriends To Cousins: Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus were ...
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How did Pirates of the Caribbean play in China considering that the movie depicts skeletons?

There is no mention of a special version being released for China that I can find. Two online reviews for a Chinese Mandarin edition of the movie mention the skeletons: "The pirates take the ...
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Why does The Magicians include so much un-airable dialogue?

Because that's how people naturally talk, and they don't want to use bowdlerized curses (Take that Farscape/BSG!). From the Show Runner Sera Gamble's twitter. I'm sure Syfy, as a non-broadcast ...
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Did the line about Krishna get altered in X-Men: Apocalypse?

Yes, dialogue referring to the Hindu God Krishna was removed from the final cut of the film. From this article (which I've edited down somewhat); Hindus are thankful to 20th Century Fox and ...
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Why was Angel Dust's breast not shown during her fight?

Probably because Gina Carano asked them to. I couldn't find any statements from her one way or the other (I doubt anyone is brave enough to ask her to her face), but it's probably the same reason that ...
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How did Pirates of the Caribbean play in China considering that the movie depicts skeletons?

I come from China, I can share some information from the Chinese perspective. In the case of movie theaters, except for Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 3, 4, 5 are all released ...
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Did Harrison Ford ever pay back Conan? Did he call the show “sh**”?

So, this is really three questions, but they're kinda related to "how do talk show appearances work", so I'll try to answer them all. (You probably should split these up into multiple questions and I ...
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How did Monty Python get away with airing nudity?

Is there a difference between American and UK programming that I don't understand? Yes. Broadcast television in the UK is subject to a "watershed". Essentially "more adult" ...
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Why has AMC stopped censoring the use of the f-word as seen this season in Better Call Saul?

The FCC has no say on the language happening in cable TV. In fact the only real reason they censor at all is due to advertising etc. In my opinion Really it was all about an image. “We are a family ...
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Considering bans on Nazi imagery, how are fictional works featuring such imagery treated in countries which outlaw said imagery?

Situation in Germany It is not forbidden to show Nazi symbols in movies. They are shown regularly and not edited out. They are also used in local productions. The situation was different a few ...
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What changes were done with Sailor Moon to make it heteronormative?

Just to add to the other answer, The final series arc post Sailor Moon SuperS, titled Sailor Moon Sailor Stars was completely excluded from the American version. The ...
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How did Monty Python get away with airing nudity?

I'm going to attempt to push the beginnings of an answer to this - without external refs [those may come later]... The world in 1969 was a different place to today. "Pushing the boundaries" was ...
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Unusual Death in Django Unchained (Female death censoring?)

The TV Tropes page for Django Unchained offers this explanation for the oddity of Lara's death scene: That, of course, was a reference to the Spaghetti Western genre of old, of which this movie ...
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Why was Child 44 banned in Russia

There is sometimes a huge gulf between what is actually "historically accurate* and what a governement perceives or wishes to represent as accurate. This is especially true in what could be ...
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How come Top Gear (UK) has swearing in season 22?

In the UK there is something called "The Watershed" this rule applies to all broadcasters within the UK and is usually considered to be the hours between 9pm and 5:30am. This doesn't mean ...
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Did the UK version of Terminator 2 censor out the lock picking scenes?

Yes they did, from whatculture Remember that scene in Terminator 2 where Sarah Connor picks the lock in the mental asylum with paper clips? It was actually for real. Turns out Linda Hamilton ...
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Has a TV showrunner ever blamed U.S. television content rating standards for compromising his/her creative vision?

This is a really interesting question. I've tried to find some sort of list of "banned" television shows, but I came up completely empty. You are of course right that many directors and producers ...
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Why was Angel Dust's breast not shown during her fight?

Actresses not being comfortable with nude scenes is one way to see it. But, in the scene, one has to notice that Colossus shies away when Angel's breast was exposed. Colossus has a dad-like ...
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Did Deadpool 2 get censored in India too and to what extent?

It appears that CBFC of India didn't cut any scenes, but beeped a few cuss words. From International Business Times, When such has been the case in the past, you'd expect the foul-mouthed merc aka ...
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How is it decided whether or not a TV show will censor its swearing?

Broadcast (over-the-air) television in the US must conform to FCC rules (we have something similar here in Canada). Under penalty of fines, content must not exceed certain boundaries. Movies produced ...
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Is it true that indexed movies in Germany are not actually banned?

"The Index" is the colloquial name for the "List of Media Harmful to Young People", which is maintained by the German "Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors". It contains not just movies, ...
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Why is Bandit Queen banned in India?

It was banned temporarily by the Delhi High Court after Phoolan Devi, the subject of the film's story, challenged its authenticity. Also, it was banned due to sexual content. The movie raises moral ...
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Why has AMC stopped censoring the use of the f-word as seen this season in Better Call Saul?

According to this thread on Reddit: RyanXera: I heard that in Breaking Bad, the channel let them have 1 or 2 F-bombs per season, something like that. -Nazeda-: Yeah, that was on the Breaking ...
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Are premium channels censored in visuals or in words used?

From your description of what's going on, I strongly suspect the censorship is happening downstream of the provider. Premium cable channels have very few regulations as to what they're allowed to air,...
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Has a TV showrunner ever blamed U.S. television content rating standards for compromising his/her creative vision?

I think Andrew Martin's answer provides the main reason why this never happens: Shows usually get censored by the network, not by TV content rating standards. So showrunners will obviously blame the ...
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Considering bans on Nazi imagery, how are fictional works featuring such imagery treated in countries which outlaw said imagery?

As explained on Wikipedia WRT Austria (but similar exceptions are present in other countries for obvious reasons): There are legal exceptions for works of Art (including books, films, Theatre ...
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What is a "censorship visa"?

visto nm. visa, check, authorization, official permission https://italian.yabla.com/define/visto Per saperne di più: Il modulo domanda di revisione viene compilato dalla società di produzione o ...
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Do TV channels take context into account when deciding to censor certain words?

Your question is a little problematic (in a good way, though), because it's actually based on a false premise/example and makes much more sense as a How I Met Your Mother question than as a general TV ...
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Is Deadpool censored?

The main theatrical release of Deadpool in the U.S. was targeted to be Rated R by the MPAA. It's been said that it pushes the boundaries of what's allowed to be Rated R. The actor T.J. Miller, who ...
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Why did South African authorities allow Cry Freedom to be screened when Steve Biko's writings were banned?

It was probably allowed initially in 1988 to avoid giving its message any status, but was quickly banned by the police afterward. Initially the film was allowed a 1988 release by South African censors ...
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