Evan Rachel Wood is sick and tired of the MPAA’s double standards, much like the rest of the film industry. The MPAA [which stands for the Motion Picture Association of America] is responsible for assigning ratings [NC-17, R, PG-13, PG, G] to films. Because the rating is such a crucial part of how many audiences are exposed to the film, it has a major effect on the film’s box office. However, because of their sometimes arbitrary decision making and lack of standard and uniform decisions, they’re often at the center of ratings controversies.
For example, they’ll give one film a Pg-13 for violently depicting a beheading and using a few swear words, but then they’ll give another movie an R for the same thing. Using a more specific example, Philomena was at the center of some trouble last month when the MPAA decided to assign the film an R-rating due to the presence of a couple of F-words in the film. However, there’s absolutely nothing else in the film that could be construed as ‘R-rated’ so Harvey Weinstein appealed for a PG-13 and eventually won.Alas, Evan Rachel Wood is the latest crusader against the MPAA, in which she rails against the organization for censoring a sex scene in her upcoming Charlie Countryman. This particular sex scene in question seems to have been censored in a way where the woman’s enjoyment is lessened, which has angered Evan. She wrote in a long Twitter rant, “After seeing the new cut of
#CharlieCountryman I would like 2 share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a womans sexuality once again. The scene where the two main characters make ‘love’ was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people ‘uncomfortable’ but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered. This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex, especially when (gasp) the man isn’t getting off as well! Its hard for me to believe that had the roles been reversed it still would have been cut OR had the female character been raped it would have been cut.
She certainly has a point, but I don’t know if a few people speaking up against the MPAA is going to make any difference. At this point, the whole system needs a complete overhaul, but will that happen? Maybe eventually, but I wouldn’t cross my fingers for any immediate action.
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