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Dubai's MBC says sorry over movie nudity mistake

TV network launches investigation into how unedited version of Into The Wild was shown

Dubai's MBC says sorry over movie nudity mistake
Dubai's MBC says sorry over movie nudity mistake
A scene from Into The Wild, a movie directed by Sean Penn

Dubai-based TV network MBC on Wednesday said it had launched an investigation into how a movie containing nudity was broadcast unedited earlier this week.

Into The Wild, directed by Sean Penn, was shown on its MBC Max channel on Monday but scenes showing partial nudity prompted many viewers to complain on social networking site Twitter.

Some viewers said the scenes were "inappropriate" for broadcast during the Eid holidays while others on Twitter defended the channel's right to show the unedited version of the film.

Ali Jaber, group TV director at MBC Group said in a statement that an "administrative investigation is currently taking place to determine the error and find out its origins and cause".

He issued an apology to viewers who felt embarrassed by what they saw on the TV, adding that the company would take "appropriate" action to ensure a similar mistake did not happen in the future.

Jaber added: "The film was screened several times in the past, in its edited form, excluding any of the aforementioned scenes.

"Therefore the recent mistake of screening the unedited version could have resulted from either the digital move in line with the recent technologies and developments taking place within the organisation."

He added that another reason for the broadcase might be "an unintentional human error”. 

“MBC MAX would like to apologize to its viewers for any cause of embarrassment that they were put under, and we confirm our commitment to take the necessary and appropriate action - technical and resourceful - ensuring that such mistakes will not be repeated in the future," Jaber added.

MBC Group said it was committed to the "appropriateness of the content it screens that has been targeting family members for more than 20 years".

Based in Dubai, MBC Group includes 10 television channels as well as O3 productions, a specialised documentary production unit.

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Michael Kingsley 8 years ago

On the same subject, I complained not too long ago to OSN Network that they were editing all their content. To my surprise they replied back to me to say they were not. And they informed me that because I receive OSN through an E-vision connection, it is E-Vision (Etisalat) who are editing their content. This actually made sense as OSN via E-Vision are always starting programmes at least 30 mins past the scheduled times. E-Vision do not confirm this anywhere. In Europe they would have been fined for misleading viewers and not explaining these terms when a person signs up.

Waqas Javed 8 years ago

MBC MAX Should be closed until they finalize their investigation. After this they dont have rights to continue their Channel.

Mike Zobanic 8 years ago

The broadcasters must follow the code of conduct appropriate in the region. This means editing offensive and culturally insensitive scenes. As much as this is a surprise to you, this is not Europe and therefore codes are different.

cora 8 years ago

i wonder what guidelines are they following in editing of movies? is it only nudity? what about extreme violence?

ramez 8 years ago

Yeah! Imagine. Really? Unbelievable. Someone must protect us from partial nudity.

Mrs. Neaimi 8 years ago

Recently MBC has been showing too many violent and very, very indecent films.. is this owing to having someone in charge there for placing movies, someone who is not even in the slightest care to be aware they are in an Islamic country?? To have this shown on Eid Adha is very insulting! There are movies with violence shown during day times, there are indecent movies with very vulgar words in them. This is unacceptable to what we believe in as Muslims. In countries abroad at least they will be a guidance message on the screen first. Firstly, this is a Muslim country so naturally there should be a set standard of what is acceptable, Secondly, MBC is a Saudi Channel, it must set an example to others, thirdly no-one should say .."Oh, change the channel!' NO! Adapt to living in an Islamic country and accept what is the norm of life here. Many films are family kind and okay but lately there has been too much where the films have cross the line of what is socially acceptable

Nasir 8 years ago

Fully agree with Cora. In our culture it seems violence of extreme level is acceptable and nudity has also become a very relative term. The kind of music videos on Indian and Arab channels are considered fine. I think calling them acceptable for a Islamic society will be completely wrong but yet they are socially acceptable in our culture. So before raising questions on any particular film or channel we need to be clear what exactly we call nudity.

Jake 8 years ago

So there lies no responsibility with you as the one who choses what to watch? Or is it because you are using the TV as easy tool to keep your kids busy?

People need to take responsibility for their life's.

Mrs . Neaimi 8 years ago

In Reply to Jake:

Jake as I have said this program shows family films such as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa for example so we will be looking to see what is on. I did not see the film mentioned but when one family member left the room and came back he was shocked to find what was on TV. It just wasn't expected-even MBC Max realized that!! My kids are big now. Both my parents passed away and hubby's family is far, so I proudly I brought my kids up in the 1970s/80s without TV baby sitting as you put it. I am speaking up against it as we have a right as viewers to be ISSUED with a warning on the screen like other countries! We have a right to speak up. We don't want such garbage -there is already too much in the world. We protect our own youth, we are parents to each other's kids.

eslam Mostafa 8 years ago

Jake, you are somehow right, but we can not sit with the kids to see what they watch. We check the title and the subject of the film and trust the channel operator to delievr what they promise. Remember, they rate the films not us.
I my self prefere to set the tv at NG channel or animal planet. All movies are not good for children without parental attendance. Not all the people have the time to sit with their children.