In a significant change to its movie ratings system, the Motion Picture Association of America on Thursday said portrayals of smoking would be considered alongside sex and violence in assessing the suitability of movies for young viewers. Films that appear to glamorize smoking will risk a more restrictive rating, and descriptions of tobacco use will be added to the increasingly detailed advisories that accompany each rated film.
You have got to be kidding me.
In tandem with the shift in its ratings policy, the Motion Picture Association and an allied producers group, the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers, on Thursday said they would join “Hollywood Unfiltered,” an initiative by the Entertainment Industry Foundation to reduce smoking among film industry workers and to spread information about the health effects of tobacco.
But the industry groups did not meet the various demands to eliminate recognizable tobacco brands in films, or to cut smoking altogether from films in the G, PG, and PG-13 ratings categories, to which children and teenagers are freely admitted.
So smoking is going to affect the ratings of a movie? Hell, they'd have to go back and change everything Humphrey Bogart was in to an R or an X rating.
Maybe it's just me, but I think this PC bullshit is getting way out of hand. If you are producing a movie, it is a little ridiculous if everyone in it is politically correct. What's next, make everyone vegetarian in the movies? It's getting any more where the only good movies left will be some of the old black and white classics.
Sorry for the rant, but politically correct crap like this gets under my skin and bothers the hell out of me.
Just my opinion.