Nigel Campbell's picture

MPAA Accused Of Homophobia For R-Rating Of Gay Romance 'Love Is Strange'

Critics are once again calling out the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for what they perceive to be homophobia regarding the group's film ratings system. 

The MPAA has saddle Ira Sachs' critically acclaimed Sundance drama Love Is Strange with an R-rating.

TheWrap writes:

...“Love is Strange,” which stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, contains zero violence or nudity. Ostensibly, the film was given the rating for “strong language,” as it apparently exceeds the MPAA's minuscule limit for curse words, though any audience member would be hard-pressed to remember a single instance of one being used in the Sony Pictures Classics release.

The move has been heavily denounced with critics and bloggers speaking out against the MPAA's decision. 

Newark Star-Ledger critic Stephen Witty says:

“This is a gentle, if often heartbreaking story about two loving men in a long-time committed relationship. What on earth is in it that so horrifies the MPAA?” he asked, rhetorically. “I'm sorry. I think I just answered my own question.”

His assessment his backed up by Slate's  J. Bryan Lowder, who writes:

“Let's hope parents are smarter than this. There is nothing ‘adult’ or at all worrisome about a movie that quietly and gently portrays a gay couple and their struggles. To think otherwise is to participate in an insidious sort of homophobia that uses child-sized human shields to disguise basic prejudice.”

What is it about gay romance that has the MPAA so afraid?

For their part the MPAA defends their R-rating of Love Is Strange, saying:

“The descriptor that accompanies the film's rating notes that it is rated R for language – as is any film that includes the same level of strong language, regardless of subject matter.”

Do you buy it, Instincters? Watch the trailer for Love Is Strange:



Does anyone with a mind pay any attention to these clowns any more?  

Those clowns at the MPAA should be retired, they are a useless bun bunch of oxygen thieves, they serve no purpose whatsoever and certainly don't contribute any value!

The movie GBF received an R-rating as well from the MPAA for sexual references. Despite the fact that the movie Mean Girls, which GBF is often compared to, is far more explicit with a PG-13 rating. The movie's director stated: "I always thought of G.B.F. as a PG-13 movie, but we were given an R "For Sexual References" while not having a single F-bomb, hint of nudity or violence in the film. Perhaps the ratings box should more accurately read "For Homosexual References" or "Too Many Scenes of Gay Teens Kissing." I look forward to a world where queer teens can express their humor and desire in a sweet, fun teen film that doesn't get tagged with a cautionary R." I feel something similar has happened here.

Gee, I've heard worse on "Two and a Half Men".

Add new comment