Well, isn’t this just another kick in the ass? For decades the MPAA has been screwing with the horror genre, neutering its content, dumbing everything down, and generally slapping it around while violent mainstream cinema goes by unscathed. The double standard is nothing short of ridiculous. We can’t have campy flicks with an over-the-top amount of humorous violence; that would be bad for us. But let Sylvester Stallone go on a head exploding spree? Why not!?!
The ratings board was recently embarrassed by The Weinstein Co.’s winning an R rating for their film Blue Valentine, which was originally slapped with an NC-17 due to an oral sex scene involving man and wife; yet, a similar girl-on-girl sex scene in Black Swan didn’t seem to be a problem at all, further proving how friggin’ retarded the board actually is. They came under fire for their ridiculous rules which seem dependent on their mood of all things, and now they’re ready to fire back … at us.
As per an article in Variety:
“The board also contends with charges that it has a double standard when it comes to violence.
[Ratings board chair Joan] Graves says the org is taking steps to correct some of those issues. For instance, the MPAA plans to revisit its stance on horror pics, which have evolved considerably from spooky frights to torture porn.
“I do think the R has a very big envelope for that genre,” Graves admits.”
God forbid we’re allowed to think for ourselves and decide what’s appropriate for us to watch. I mean, really, if we’re going to see a movie called Hatchet or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, isn’t it safe to say that we know what we’re going for? The bottom line is that what is or what isn’t appropriate for a viewer is a matter of opinion and shouldn’t be left to any one group to pass a verdict on. It’s nothing but imposed censorship, folks. That’s it.
True, this is a very old song to be singing so I’ll step off of my soapbox for now. Who knows how this will all end up? In the best case scenario the MPAA may just become a bit more lenient in their decision-making, but as a betting man, I really doubt that’s going to happen. Looks like we’re going to be watching a lot more good films on home video.
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