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