Foxtel was forced to edit an episode of Girls this week due to its R classification.
The episode included the use of a prosthetic penis which guest actor Matthew Rhys describes as a “three-quarters-erect penis.”
The ASTRA Code of Practice gives Subscription TV more leeway with nudity and adult themes than Free to Air due to its “opt-in” basis, but there are still limits to what each channel can screen without content shifting to its Adults Only channel. So while Game of Thrones has shows full frontal male nudity on Showcase, that falls under the MA15+ classification without issue.
A Foxtel spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Programming shown on Showcase is rated maximum MA15+. Sometimes content needs to be edited for it to conform to the MA15+ classification.”
Hollywood has been wound up over gender imbalance in nudity of late, with complaints that female performers are heavily featured over males.
Meanwhile the Showcase edit comes despite no changes needed for a startling scene last year on HBO’s Silicon Valley depicting two horses copulated, an erect horse penis and excess fluid…. you just can’t unsee that stuff.