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Unequal Treatment

by Isaac Rooks

It’s a truism that American censors target sex more harshly than violence. 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated,' Kirby Dick’s expose documentary on the MPAA, offers evidence to support that conclusion, but also nuances that blanket statement. If sex gets a harsher treatment than violence, queer sex faces greater scrutiny than depictions of heteronormative sex. In this clip, lesbian filmmaker Jamie Babbit discusses the MPAA’s extremely negative reaction to the tame sexual content of her film 'But I’m a Cheerleader' (effectively shutting out its intended audience). The clip ends by questioning what constitutes an ‘average American parent,’ a figure the MPAA evokes to justify its decisions. Originally used in USC's CTCS 190 - Intro to Cinema to discuss the MPAA, ratings, and censorship.

MPAA & Queer Censorship

Filmmaker Jamie Babbit discusses the MPAA's harsh treatment of her film's lesbian content

from This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
Creator: Kirby Dick
Distributor: IFC
Posted by Isaac Rooks