Movieguide® has sent a letter asking local government officials throughout the U.S. to consider stopping the screening of the controversial movie “Brüno” starring comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, Movieguide® Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr announced today.
In the letter, Movieguide® asks officials to get an injunction against screening the movie on Friday until officials can look at the movie and determine whether it should be banned because it does not fit the “community standards” in their area, as defined by U.S. Supreme Court rulings on obscenity and pornography.
“This movie has been cut to get an R rating,” Dr. Baehr said, “but it still contains much pornographic, offensive content.”
Among the “pornographic” content in the movie, according to Movieguide® and Dr. Baehr, are “extremely graphic” sex scenes, including depicted intercourse, depicted homosexual sodomy, a depicted orgy, and depicted oral sex (including anal licking); explicit shots, including extensive close-ups, of full male and female nudity; and, “obscene” language about sex acts.
“The movie also contains scenes mocking Jews, African Americans and Christian evangelicals,” Dr. Baehr said.
He noted that a 2000 Federal Trade Commission study showed that nearly half of all movie theaters in the U.S. actually sell tickets to children and underage teenagers trying to get into an R-rated movie by themselves, without an adult.
“Supreme Court rulings on obscenity allow local, state and federal governments to ban such movies like ‘Brüno,’ or at least restrict them to 17 and over regardless of adult accompaniment,” Dr. Baehr added.
“Government has a duty to protect the community, especially vulnerable children and underage teenagers, from this kind of pornographic material,” he concluded.
Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry which publishes Movieguide®, CFTVC’s family guide to movies and entertainment. CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”