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Joss Whedon ask MPAA to remove "Captivity" Movie rating

mercredi 28 mars 2007, par Webmaster

From : Joss Whedon
Sent : Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:17 PM
To : Advertising

To the MPAA,
There’s a message I’m supposed to cut and paste but I imagine you’ve read it. So just let me say that the ad campaign for "Captivity" is not only a literal sign of the collapse of humanity, it’s an assault. I’ve watched plenty of horror - in fact I’ve made my share. But the advent of torture-porn and the total dehumanizing not just of women (though they always come first) but of all human beings has made horror a largely unpalatable genre. This ad campaign is part of something dangerous and repulsive, and that act of aggression has to be answered.

As a believer not only in the First Amendment but of the necessity of horror stories, I’ve always been against acts of censorship. I distrust anyone who wants to ban something ’for the good of the public’. But this ad is part of a cycle of violence and misogyny that takes something away from the people who have to see it. It’s like being mugged (and I have been). These people flouted the basic rules of human decency. God knows the culture led them there, but we have to find our way back and we have to make them know that people will not stand for this. And the only language they speak is money. (A devastating piece in the New Yorker - not gonna do it.) So talk money. Remove the rating, and let them see how far over the edge they really are.

Thanks for reading this, if anyone did.
Sincerely, Joss Whedon.
Creator, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

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  • Joss Whedon ask MPAA to remove "Captivity" Movie rating

    29 mars 2007 12:50, par Anonymous

    Go Joss !

    Seriously, it’s really heartening to see someone, especially with Joss’s profile in the entertainment industry, standing up and saying ’actually, there are boundaries’. I already respect him as a storyteller and filmaker, I respect the man even more now as an advocate for the human race.

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