MPAA Sparks Outrage Over "R" Rating For "Pride"
Is the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) homophobic? That's what its latest rating suggests.
Pride, the British film profiling the queer support of the National Union of Mineworkers strike in 1984, has been slapped with an R rating despite no sex or violence warranting such. Now -- even though two men share a simple kiss at a concert in the film -- teens as old as 17 will not be allowed to see the movie unless their chaperoned by an adult.
"It is outrageous, knee-jerk homophobia," campaigner Peter Tatchell told The Independent.
"There's no significant sex or violence in Pride to justify strong ratings. The American classification board seems to automatically view any film with even the mildest gay content as unfit for people under 17."
The MPAA has previously been accused of brutally censoring sexual material while giving a pass to graphic violence.