Christian Media Group Protests Rating for ‘Watchmen’ Movie


March 5, 2009: Los Angeles, Calif. – The Christian Film & Television Commission®, an advocacy group in Hollywood, has filed a complaint with the Motion Picture Association of America about the R rating for the movie ‘Watchmen,’ which opens tomorrow.

“This movie contains extreme violence, nudity, and sex, including rape” said Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman and spokesmen of the Commission. “Throughout most of the whole picture, one male character walks around completely naked, with his private parts waving in the breeze.

“This kind of content used to be rated X or NC-17,” Dr. Baehr added. “The motion picture industry keeps changing its standards. No wonder the MPAA’s rating system confuses parents.”

Dr. Baehr said, “The MPAA office told us that it would bring our concerns about this movie and its rating to their board. Whatever they decide, we appreciate the board taking another look at this issue. Even so, the movie industry needs to clean up its act and stop inserting graphic violence, sex, nudity, and drug use into its movies.

“After all, would ‘Casablanca’ become an even better work of art if the script contained a bunch of “f” words, or if Ingrid Bergman appeared completely nude? Definitely not!”

The Christian Film & Television Commission® and its publication, 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.”

For more information, visit www.movieguide.com or call 1-800-577-6684.

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For Immediate Release

Note:  To arrange an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, please call Sandra Bell at (770) 886-8598.

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