ABBA musical criticised for cliff jumping scene

July 13th, 2008 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 13 (IANS) The coast guards agencies are criticsing the makers of the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia” for a scene that shows characters jumping off a cliff. They fear it will encourage “tombstoning”. The agencies say that thrill-seekers take part in tombstoning by leaping from a high ledge into the sea and it leads to life threatening injuries. This has become more common in Britain recently and agencies are upset because the movie portrays it in a positive light.

Fred Kaygill of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “A 46-year-old father of six was killed last year doing it. This summer we have seen two broken necks among a spate of serious injuries. It is stupid to promote tombstoning and this film does nothing to help people realise how dangerous it is. This scene does nothing for the story and should not be in there.”

The movie stars Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan.

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