PLANS to broadcast Mel Gibson’s Braveheart in Glasgow’s George Square, ahead of a Hope Over Fear rally on Saturday, have caused a stooshie.

The Oscar winning movie, which the British Board of Film Classification awarded a 15 certificate because of its “strong bloody violence”, and occasional nudity, is due to be screen at 10am before Tommy Sheridan’s annual pro-independence jamboree in the city centre formally begins.

The proposal saw Yes supporters clashing on social media. 

"People will be put off voting Yes by seeing folk cheering Braveheart and then cheering Tommy Sheridan. That will absolutely put soft Nos off," tweeted SNP councillor Mhairi Hunter.

Prominent nationalist writer Jason Michael tweeted: "I've been to house parties where films have been projected as part of the decor. Get over your-sneering-selves."

Sheridan took to Twitter to say it would be “an edited version of a brilliant film which although not historically accurate... does shine a light on history hidden from ordinary Scots for years”

But Gibson’s bare bottom won’t be the only contentious sight at the rally, with three SNP MSPs and one councillor breaking party ranks to appear alongside Sheridan.

Former minister Alex Neil, along with Sandra White, Gil Paterson, and former Depute Leader hopeful and Greenock councillor Chris McEleny are all listed as speakers.

Colin Beattie had also been billed by organisers, but the Midlothian North and Musselburgh MSP later said he couldn't make the event as it clashed with another commitment. 

In previous years SNP politicians have shunned events organised by Sheridan, a convicted perjurer.

SNP members reacted with anger at their colleagues choosing to go along to the rally in Glasgow’s George Square on Saturday.

One Twitter user, Southsidegrrrl, tweeted: “As a member of @theSNP I object to our elected representatives so actively supporting a rival (if failing/failed) political party. As a feminist who is lucky enough to count some former SSP women as friends, I’m disgusted.”

Suzanne McLaughlin tweeted that she was “disgusted” at the five. “What happened to not platforming with Sheridan. @thesnp truly horrific judgement on the parts of those people agreeing to this”.

Former SSP MSP Rosie Kane tweeted: “I feel as if they are spitting in my face and I’m very disappointed.”

McEleny defended his decision to accept an invitation to speak at the event.

He said “ I was asked many months ago, when I was standing for Depute Leader of the SNP, to speak at the independence rally at George Square on Saturday.

“There was criticism, then, that SNP representatives aren’t always visible at grassroots events the independence movement are creating so I thought it would be a good opportunity to get across my belief in independence and how we can best achieve that. “

McEleny added: “When thousands of like minded are gathering I think it’s a wasted opportunity to shun an event that we can get a message across to people. No individual, no group, or political party is bigger than independence. However, at the end of the day I’m an SNP representative so I’m happy to seek clarity from the party on the matter.”

White and Paterson did not respond to requests for a comment. Neil declined to comment.

Last week, Sheridan likened one of their MP colleagues to a traitor, after Stewart MacDonald criticised him for taking a job with Sputnik.

Sheridan tweeted: “Who needs unionists when we have ‘friends’ attacking like-minded YESers with nasty intent. Willian Wallace was betrayed by his former aide and fellow Scot. Betrayal from within has always been a problem. This individual is worth keeping an eye on”.