To hell with the Motion Picture Association of America. The thought of an unelected body deciding whether or not it’s legal for kids to see movies in public theaters isn’t the sort of injustice that cries out for revolution or anything, but it’s certainly worth complaining about and I want to see the bastards go.
Get this: Congress is mad at the MPAA for giving a “PG’ rating to a movie that a lot of people think should have a “G.” The problem is a scene where an American flag accidentally catches fire and burns. No reason for it to have a “PG” rating except for that.
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt is furious:
"This incident raises the disquieting possibility that the MPAA considers exposure to burning flags more dangerous for children than exposure to gratuitous sex and violence," Blunt said in a letter to MPAA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Glickman.
That is a damned good point. The MPAA, with its tendency to view sex and bad words as far worse than violence, has a history of getting its priorities totally wrong. “Remember what the MPAA says; horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don’t say any naughty words.”
So let’s hear it for Roy Blunt. I’m no fan of Republicans, but I must give credit where credit is due. I think that—oh, wait a minute. Whoops. I misread the article, which is actually about a movie getting a PG rating, supposedly on the grounds that it is basically a commercial for a specific type of Christianity. The movie is billed as
an inspirational drama about a high school football coach who relies on faith to battle fear and failure. “He dares to challenge his players to believe God for the impossible on and off the field," the movie's Web site says.
Wrong issue. What matters here isn't whether Christianity or burning flags or sex or violence is bad for children; what matters is, who the hell is the MPAA to be the arbiter of that? Nobody at all. Get rid of 'em.