Unearthed Films Brings Back A Serbian Film Auction
Unearthed Films Cites Censorship With A Serbian Film Auction
It is difficult to specify that censorship was the exclusive reason Ebay canceled the
A Serbian Film Auction from its listings. A U.S. based film distribution company specializing in exploitation films posted the slate of memorabilia, Unearthed Films.
An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.
Director: Srdjan Spasojevic
The Auction controversy began on or around Friday, May 18th, 2018. A free gallery exhibition was held at Lethal Amounts Gallery, on display were various props from A Serbian Film. These items included; prosthetics, wardrobe items, storyboards and scripts, lethal devices, and the infant prop used in the notorious newborn porn scene.
The items on display at the gallery were on Ebay. It did not take long before world’s largest auction site removed this film memorabilia from the website. Unearthed Films voiced disapproval and altered news outlets, via a press release, on the situation. The film distribution company state the following on their official website:
“Attention, The thought police at eBay took all the auction items down.”
“Due to a number of complaints from small-minded people, eBay pulled the auction from its site. We argued with them about the ban for days but ultimately to no avail.”
Did Ebay remove the items based on censorship?
According to Ebay’s policy
What sort of material is prohibited?
As well as prohibiting the sale of items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance, or promote organizations with such views, we’ll also remove listings that portray graphic violence or victims of violence, unless they have substantial social, artistic, or political value.
There is a grey area to Ebay’s plain English policy on marketing violent content through its service. The trouble exists within the last sentence, in particular with the word substantial. A Serbian Film falls into a certain and tangible design of artistic value despite its controversial overtones. In one respect Unearthed Films has a point. Yet, there’s the other side of the debate, the one to which Ebay had the right to withdraw A Serbian Film memorabilia. The slate of movie props sold on Ebay are tame and do not exhibit portray graphic violence or victims of violence. The items Unearthed Films offered were extreme at first sight. Unearthed Films responded to action by Ebay as;
“…regressive policies may have robbed us of the opportunity to leverage the excitement generated by the A Serbian Exhibition…”
It was a misreading by Unearthed Films to think a corporate entity such as Ebay would engage to a shared artistic taste in ultra-violent films. The analogy here would be if GWAR performed for crowds expecting to see Barbara Streisand. In this present day, there is too much political correctness and it hinders extreme forms of Horror content to flourish on mainstream platforms. Unearthed Films are hosting the A Serbian Film auction themselves.
The press release received by DecayMag reads as follows:
After joining the site, click on the “Movie Memorabilia” toolbar at the top of the page to view all items.
Payments to Unearthed Films are secure and will be made via PayPal. The auction starts on Saturday, June 16th at 5:00 PM PST.
The auction will be running for FOURTEEN DAYS instead of seven, ending on June 30th, 2018. This way, it gives everyone the opportunity to participate in the auction, and so everyone knows about it again.