The controversy over “Kick Ass”‘ violence, which The New York Times’ AO Scott, among many others, brought to light is interesting. Mr. Scott wrote a compelling review of the situation. Many and varied filmmakers have scolded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences ratings board, for is being squeamish – conservative, even extremely conservative – about U.S.’ movies’ “purity.”
This, in representing sexual acts and human sexuality, while having meager and rare concern over the degree, variety and intensity of violence that they place on-screen.
For some bizarre reasons, North American movies can revel in portraying those acts that can end life, even doing so with extraordinary cinematic daring, but showing those acts that can create a life seems like heresy.
Please. Pause. Think about this one-word question: why?
The 2006 documentary “This Film is Not Yet Rated” makes an excellent and incisive point of this; pointing out the embarrassing extent of the academy’s hypocrisy.
The film’s fundamental argument was just how out of touch the ratings board is; how very poorly and inconsistently it serves the masses, in a basic sense way; and how very long this has been the situation. It is too bad that no one has stepped forward to take that system down, and then build one that is mature, enlightened, and candid – whatever we think that would look like.
These kinds of mass, cultural improvements (do I dare to “say,” revolutions) come about as often and as consistently, and with as much grace, as they occur in our courts. That’s a whole other topic for the dinner table…
I’m not here to attack “Kick-Ass.” I have not yet seen it; I don’t plan to. That’s also why I won’t critique it. But it’s good that the controversy has reminded readers and viewers of this question.
People often ask, “well, what can we do?”
The irony comes when someone reminds them of a very simple, individual tactic:
- Don’t go to see those movies. People often either fail to follow-through or ignore that prospect all together.
It reminds me of the conservatives and extreme conservatives who raise rhetorical armies against “indecency” on-screen, or where ever. With all of their rhetoric, which leave a lot including intelligence and basic sense, to be desired, they ignore the same principle:
- Turn the channel. Or spend your money elsewhere.