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. 

Digital Spy has more: 

"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.
 

 

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This is censorship in the worst type.  Hell sex and violence is no biggie but let two guy kiss or the subject be LGBT subject matter then R. This sucks.

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I know nothing about the film, but I do agree with Dempc07 when folks throw the card out there for no apparent reason. I also know that whenever there is a huge gay crowd around, clothing seems to disappear! I am not always against the lack of clothing, but there are times when we as a whole could be a little more classy! If we want respect, we should also practice it, and I would bet there is alot of clothing lacking in this film, but I may be wrong!

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You are wrong "Kev", this is a story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who rallied together to raise money for struggling families affected by the U.K. miners’ strike in 1984, and it contains no significant depictions of violence or sex.  The only thing it does have is 2 men sharing a kiss at a concert.

Check out the trailer:  http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi788573209/?ref_=tt_ov_vi

However "Kev", This is not the first time the MPAA has been accused of homophobia influencing its ratings.  The was a movie called Love Is Strange, which stars Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as two gay men who do nothing more than snuggle and kiss onscreen, It too opened with an R rating as well.  

Now what do you have to say!!??

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Dempc is right. If you use the word "f*ck" more than two or three times the film gets an automatic R rating.

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Dempc07, I know exactly what you mean, but its small battles like this, the subtle homophobia that does pervade our society, that set the stage for the larger fights. If in film our lives are still viewed as too abhorrent for anyone under the age of 17 to see without a parent or guardian present, what does that say about the world beyond film and television? I understand that we are fighting an overarching war for equality and acceptance, but should we really silence ourselves when faced with obvious hypocrisy on such a broad reaching platform?
 

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I do understand the small battle sentiment. However, what I am saying is this isn't a gay issue. This isn't a matter of homophobia. It's a matter of the word "fu*k" being used to many times. This is people, in this case Instinct, looking for something to bitch about and call it homophobia.

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I hope people realize that the MPAA has a limit on the number of times certain words can be used before an R rating is handed out. Given the anti-gay sentiment in America in 1980s, I'm guessing that the flowery language used would not be found in children's books. As a gay man, it irritates the hell out of me when people throw the homophobia card over every little thing. Damn! Our community is fighting for serious issues and yet you guys are pissing and moaning about a damn movie rating?! Get real.

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I hope the Producers are appealing this "R" rating.

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IT's run by the GOP and Faux News, isn't it? Sure sounds like Michelle Bachman or Ted Cruz.

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