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8th Mar '17 9:19:08 PM epoxy
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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'' contains a scene in which Reno and New Jersey, while traversing the Banzai compound, pass a piece of industrial [[CowTools equipment with a watermelon]] lodged in it. New Jersey asks "why is there a watermelon there?" to which Reno replies "I'll tell you later." (He never does.) This meaningless scene is an un-detected decoy that the writers and directors put in to check whether the frustrated executives, who had been trying in vain to steer the film away from the far-silly end of the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, were still paying attention. When the scene raised no objections, the creators knew the censors had ''given up'' and they were free to be as goofy as they pleased.
6th Mar '17 3:32:25 PM epoxy
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* Creator/BenAffleck and Creator/MattDamon used an interesting variant in ''GoodWillHunting'', according to producer [[TheWeinsteinCompany Harvey Weinstein]]. The original script pitched to studio executives included an out-of-nowhere homoerotic SexScene between two characters who were never identified as gay. When Weinstein questioned why it was there, Affleck and Damon answered: -> "Thatís the scene that we wrote to find out whether guys in your job actually read the script, because every studio executive we went to ... no one brought that scene up, or maybe people thought it was a mistake or maybe nobody read it themselves... Youíre the only guy that brought it up. You get the movie."

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* Creator/BenAffleck and Creator/MattDamon used an interesting variant in ''GoodWillHunting'', according to producer [[TheWeinsteinCompany Harvey Weinstein]]. The original script pitched to studio executives included an out-of-nowhere homoerotic SexScene between two characters who were never identified as gay. When Weinstein questioned why it was there, Affleck and Damon answered: -> answered:
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"Thatís the scene that we wrote to find out whether guys in your job actually read the script, because every studio executive we went to ... no one brought that scene up, or maybe people thought it was a mistake or maybe nobody read it themselves... Youíre the only guy that brought it up. You get the movie."
6th Mar '17 3:27:59 PM epoxy
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* Creator/BenAffleck and Creator/MattDamon used an interesting variant in ''GoodWillHunting'', according to producer [[TheWeinsteinCompany Harvey Weinstein]]. The original script pitched to studio executives included an out-of-nowhere homoerotic SexScene between two characters who were never identified as gay. When Weinstein questioned why it was there, Affleck and Damon answered: -> "Thatís the scene that we wrote to find out whether guys in your job actually read the script, because every studio executive we went to ... no one brought that scene up, or maybe people thought it was a mistake or maybe nobody read it themselves... Youíre the only guy that brought it up. You get the movie."
** It's a case of creators recognizing the value of executives and using a decoy to test whether they were paying attention. Affleck and Damon did not want a star-struck producer to inadvertently give them ProtectionFromEditors.
6th Mar '17 3:08:54 PM epoxy
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* In ''Film/AnimalHouse'', the writers figured that the ratings board would object to implying sex with a 16-year-old, so they did the scene with her claiming to be 13, expecting to have to go back and "correct" the scene. They were surprised when the scene was not considered objectionable.



* In ''Film/AnimalHouse'', the writers figured that the ratings board would object to implying sex with a 16-year-old, so they did the scene with her claiming to be 13, expecting to have to go back and "correct" the scene. They were surprised when the scene was not considered objectionable.



* When famous Soviet comedy director Leonid Gaidai presented his new film, ''Film/TheDiamondArm'', to the censors, he added a nuclear explosion footage into the epilogue - and argued furiously to keep it. This allowed him to sneak in some "controversial" (by that time's standards) material such as striptease, drunken debauchery and references to prostitution.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock famously put a shot of Marion Crane's buttocks in his original cut of ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' so the censors would let him keep a plot-important scene of a flushed toilet, which at the time would not have been allowed to be shown on film.
* Creator/SethRogen and Evan Goldberg [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-this-is-the-end-mpaa-rating-20130604,0,3201458.story admitted]] that they attempted this for apocalyptic comedy ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'', including sexually-explicit material they assumed would get an NC-17 rating, allowing them to cut it down to an R. They were surprised when the MPAA gave the uncut movie an R.



* When famous Soviet comedy director Leonid Gaidai presented his new film, ''Film/TheDiamondArm'', to the censors, he added a nuclear explosion footage into the epilogue - and argued furiously to keep it. This allowed him to sneak in some "controversial" (by that time's standards) material such as striptease, drunken debauchery and references to prostitution.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock famously put a shot of Marion Crane's buttocks in his original cut of ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' so the censors would let him keep a plot-important scene of a flushed toilet, which at the time would not have been allowed to be shown on film.
* Creator/SethRogen and Evan Goldberg [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-this-is-the-end-mpaa-rating-20130604,0,3201458.story admitted]] that they attempted this for apocalyptic comedy ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'', including sexually-explicit material they assumed would get an NC-17 rating, allowing them to cut it down to an R. They were surprised when the MPAA gave the uncut movie an R.
2nd Mar '17 9:39:30 AM Lirodon
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* The radio edit of Music/LilJon's "Get Low" censored the line "Skeet skeet, motherfucker!" to just a repeated "Skeet skeet skeet skeet skeet skeet. However, "skeet" [[ADateWithRosiePalms is a slang term for semen]], and somehow this is less explicit than a PrecisionFStrike...

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* The radio edit of Music/LilJon's "Get Low" censored the line "Skeet skeet, motherfucker!" to just a repeated "Skeet skeet skeet skeet skeet skeet.skeet". However, "skeet" [[ADateWithRosiePalms is a slang term for semen]], and somehow this is less explicit than a PrecisionFStrike...
2nd Mar '17 9:38:43 AM Lirodon
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-->'''Creator/DaveChapelle''': You know what's so dope about "skeet"? White people don't know what it means yet! When they figure it out, they're gonna be like 'my God, what have we done?'

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-->'''Creator/DaveChapelle''': -->'''Creator/DaveChappelle''': You know what's so dope about "skeet"? White people don't know what it means yet! When they figure it out, they're gonna be like 'my God, what have we done?'
2nd Mar '17 9:37:23 AM Lirodon
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* The radio edit of Music/LilJon's "Get Low" censored the line "Skeet skeet, motherfucker!" to just a repeated "Skeet skeet skeet skeet skeet skeet. However, "skeet" [[ADateWithRosiePalms is a slang term for semen]], and somehow this is less explicit than a PrecisionFStrike...
-->'''Creator/DaveChapelle''': You know what's so dope about "skeet"? White people don't know what it means yet! When they figure it out, they're gonna be like 'my God, what have we done?'
16th Feb '17 4:00:49 AM NaraNumas
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' showed the world the risk of this trope. The infamous ''Nurse Stimpy'' had an extended bath scene laden with blatant homosexual lifestyle slang and loaded up with DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything dialogue as Stimpy gives Ren a bath. The intention was for it to serve as a censor decoy, but to the shock of the writers it passed, and unfortunately when MTV saw the episode as-was, they assumed the writers were pushing the limit because they were sick of the show, and cancelled it after the season finished.
16th Feb '17 3:57:47 AM NaraNumas
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' showed the world the risk of this trope. The infamous ''Nurse Stimpy'' had an extended bath scene laden with hyper sexualized homosexual lifestyle slang as Stimpy gives Ren a bath and loaded up with DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything dialogue. The intention was for it to serve as a censor decoy, but to the shock of the writers it passed, and unfortunately when MTV saw the episode as-was, they assumed the writers were pushing the limit because they were sick of the show, and cancelled it after the season finished.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' showed the world the risk of this trope. The infamous ''Nurse Stimpy'' had an extended bath scene laden with hyper sexualized blatant homosexual lifestyle slang as Stimpy gives Ren a bath and loaded up with DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything dialogue.dialogue as Stimpy gives Ren a bath. The intention was for it to serve as a censor decoy, but to the shock of the writers it passed, and unfortunately when MTV saw the episode as-was, they assumed the writers were pushing the limit because they were sick of the show, and cancelled it after the season finished.
16th Feb '17 3:56:47 AM NaraNumas
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' showed the world the risk of this trope. The infamous ''Nurse Stimpy'' had an extended bath scene laden with hyper sexualized homosexual lifestyle slang as Stimpy gives Ren a bath and loaded up with DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything dialogue. The intention was for it to serve as a censor decoy, but to the shock of the writers it passed, and unfortunately when MTV saw the episode as-was, they assumed the writers were pushing the limit because they were sick of the show, and cancelled it after the season finished.
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