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R Rated Movie Should be NC-17
Christian Group Protests MPAA Ratings for Raunchy Comedies,
Starts Petition Drive Against the Way Hollywood Does Business
Hollywood, Calif. – Family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry, is formally protesting the Motion Picture Association of America’s R ratings for raunchy comedies like “Brüno,” the “Hangover” movies and the upcoming “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.”
The Commission has started a petition HERE to force the MPAA to stop giving R ratings to these movies, including “Orgy,” which opens Sept. 2.
“These vile, explicit movies should be rated NC-17,” Baehr said, “or, better yet, not be made at all. These raunchy comedies are culturally corrosive.”
He said the R ratings are usually misleading and can attract the “prurient” interest of children, teenagers and sex criminals. He also noted that an R rating allows “irresponsible” parents to take their young children to these movies.
“This, of course, would be child sexual abuse,” Baehr asserted. “And, even though the parents who do such a despicable thing would ultimately be the most responsible, that does not legally or morally absolve the MPAA and Hollywood from allowing it to occur.”
Baehr pointed out that more and more scientific studies have shown that depiction of sex in movies and TV programs lead to more rapes, sexual abuse, human trafficking, brutal serial killings, and “dangerous” promiscuous behavior among teenagers.
The MPAA, which hands out ratings to all theatrical and straight-to-video movies, is owned by the six major movie studios in Hollywood – Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Walt Disney Studios.
“These six companies, and the media conglomerates they represent, bear the ultimate responsibility for what the MPAA does or fails to do,” Baehr concluded.