Friday, June 30, 2006

A Quick Idea?

Chloe from the Dove Foundation (not the chocolate company) called me to prepare another call from Feature Films for Families or something like that. She wanted to know if I agreed that movie ratings are becoming to lax. I said that there is a double standard between ratings for sex and ratings for violence, in that more violence is allowed for lower ratings while sex will immediately increase the rating. I think part of it is the categorization of violence: slap stick violence, fantasy violence and so on. In discussing the mission of Feature Films for Families (who has already contributed over 100 million to produce "family friendly" films), she tried to say how Hollywood doesn't make films that match the values of the rest of the country. I pointed out that they want to make money and that they wouldn't be able to make those films unless Americans went to see them, so the problem isn't Hollywood, but America's debased moral values.

What do you think? Because those folks at FFF will be calling me for money, and I need to have some quality thoughts for them, not just some spur of the moment ideas. (What kinda bugged me, but is understandable, is that Chloe asked for the lady of the house first, then, after she didn't exist, asked for the man of the house. Don't men care about the corruption of their children?)

PS I vacate now, wedding and then camping on the Missouri River, I'll be back the evening of the 9th at the latest.



At June 30, 2006 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who's the man of the house at the Marascas and Chushman abode?

At June 30, 2006 10:45 PM, Blogger Michael Covarrubias said...

So did she say what she thought the general American values are? I would suggest that the very double standard that you've noted is in line with the typical double standard in the U.S.

This country is judgemental about sexuality. It condemns any behaviour that deviates in the slightest from certain norms. Whether that judgement is valid is another discussion.

There is also a tolerance of violence and a willingness to justify and often glorify forceful physical persuasion.

Moving on...
Shouldn't the ratings system speak to the most common standards?

I don't agree with the simplification of moral ranking by the letter rating - but it is predictable.

Most people would rate movies as they are currently. Don't you think so?


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