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Evan Rachel Wood issues epic Twitter rant against the MPAA over Charlie Countryman edits

11.27.2013

F*ck having only 140 characters! Evan Rachel Wood decided her anger with the MPAA over some changes to her film CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN could not be conveyed in a single tweet. So, she instead launched a multi-tweet offensive explaining her distaste with the changes.

Wood is not the first to be angered over MPAA guidelines for rating films. In fact, there have been numerous cases in just the last few months that have shown issues with the way ratings are doled out by the organization. The Weinstein Company launched a campaign to get PHILOMENA changed from an R to a PG-13 over profanity in the film while others cite the overwhelming amount of violence in PG-13 movies as evidence that the ratings are outdated.

Check out Wood's rant below and read on for more analysis:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN may not exactly be an Oscar contender, but it is a film that was already set for more success on home video than in theaters. That being said, with the film already given the Restricted rating due to “some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity and drug use," what does a sex scene do to throw it over the top?

I agree that ratings serve a valid point in society, but the MPAA ratings are so arbitrarily assigned, and obviously heavily influenced by Hollywood studios, that it is almost impossible to take them seriously. A

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10:11PM on 11/29/2013
The MPAA is notorious for doing this. And every time people flip out, they promise to stop (never change their assessments, mind you), and pretend to make changes. Then they turn around and do it again, never learning their lesson. For being "totally not censors", they sure as hell act like censors to me.
The MPAA is notorious for doing this. And every time people flip out, they promise to stop (never change their assessments, mind you), and pretend to make changes. Then they turn around and do it again, never learning their lesson. For being "totally not censors", they sure as hell act like censors to me.
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11:44AM on 11/29/2013

You rock Even Rachel Wood. Lets start a REVOLUTION!

I'm still pissed off about how the Friday the 13th films were treated back in the day. Because of the MPAA, and the way actual real film was handled and stored back in the 80's and early 90's, fans will never able to see and enjoy the director's original vision of the story. Its not like today when all you have to do is wait for the [link] cut to hit Blu-ray. These scenes are gone forever. WE SHOULD ALL RIOT!
I'm still pissed off about how the Friday the 13th films were treated back in the day. Because of the MPAA, and the way actual real film was handled and stored back in the 80's and early 90's, fans will never able to see and enjoy the director's original vision of the story. Its not like today when all you have to do is wait for the [link] cut to hit Blu-ray. These scenes are gone forever. WE SHOULD ALL RIOT!
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6:41AM on 11/29/2013
I really do wish the Mary Whitehouses of the world would sod off with their morals. Censoring adult-themed content for adult audiences should be an automatic no-no for any adult with common sense.
I really do wish the Mary Whitehouses of the world would sod off with their morals. Censoring adult-themed content for adult audiences should be an automatic no-no for any adult with common sense.
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6:20PM on 11/28/2013
Good for her. The MPAA is full of hypocrites and is run very backwards. It has always amazed me that violence is so accepted, but sex is some horrible sin to show. We can watch beheadings, explosions, and other extreme forms of Violence. But for some reason, sex is a terrible thing. Hate and negativity seem to have more value than love. Fuck the MPAA.
Good for her. The MPAA is full of hypocrites and is run very backwards. It has always amazed me that violence is so accepted, but sex is some horrible sin to show. We can watch beheadings, explosions, and other extreme forms of Violence. But for some reason, sex is a terrible thing. Hate and negativity seem to have more value than love. Fuck the MPAA.
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3:14PM on 11/28/2013

'Tell Mike it was only business.'

.... and let's all download the 'uncut version.'
.... and let's all download the 'uncut version.'
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10:14PM on 11/29/2013
But that doesn't punish the MPAA. They don't give a damn if their actions damage a film's box office.
But that doesn't punish the MPAA. They don't give a damn if their actions damage a film's box office.
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1:56AM on 11/28/2013
This article seems to be missing some context for those of us not in the know. Was the MPAA threatening the film with an NC-17 if they didn't cut the sex scene or something? If not, then why is there a squabble over the content?
This article seems to be missing some context for those of us not in the know. Was the MPAA threatening the film with an NC-17 if they didn't cut the sex scene or something? If not, then why is there a squabble over the content?
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7:58PM on 11/27/2013
That's assuming that's what the reason was! I think that's the point she is missing. What about A History of Violence and Viggo Mortensen going down on Maria Bello? Michael Douglas going down on Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct? Mickey Rourke going down on Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks? There are plenty of examples of it being shown. This is modern feminism at its finest. It's getting to the same point of lunacy as the modern use of the word racist. There are implications and accusations of sexism
That's assuming that's what the reason was! I think that's the point she is missing. What about A History of Violence and Viggo Mortensen going down on Maria Bello? Michael Douglas going down on Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct? Mickey Rourke going down on Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks? There are plenty of examples of it being shown. This is modern feminism at its finest. It's getting to the same point of lunacy as the modern use of the word racist. There are implications and accusations of sexism and misogyny at every fucking turn and it gets so incredibly tiresome after a while.
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6:24PM on 11/28/2013
Yeah, because of who is involved with those films. The MPAA is also biased based on the stars/filmmakers involved. If they think there is star power to get more people to watch the film, they will give it a rating that will bring more people to it. It's the same reason Spielberg can get that PG-13 rating instead of an R. That is what is wrong with the MPAA. Instead of the ratings being applied for the same reasons across the board, they will pick and choose who gets what rating based on who is
Yeah, because of who is involved with those films. The MPAA is also biased based on the stars/filmmakers involved. If they think there is star power to get more people to watch the film, they will give it a rating that will bring more people to it. It's the same reason Spielberg can get that PG-13 rating instead of an R. That is what is wrong with the MPAA. Instead of the ratings being applied for the same reasons across the board, they will pick and choose who gets what rating based on who is in and who is making the film.
7:51PM on 11/27/2013
This is like Blue Valentine and Shame all over again.
This is like Blue Valentine and Shame all over again.
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6:54PM on 11/27/2013
Anyone who calls her a feminist clearly has no idea what feminism is. I agree with her because this has become a habit for the MPAA. Boys Don't Cry suffered the same way. If you're wondering what the fuss over a tongue-job down south is all about, try to imagine how much effort went into that scene. It's easy to dismiss it as "just another sex scene", but those scenes are probably the hardest to film. Trying to come off as genuinely horny in front of a dozen crew-members holding cameras and
Anyone who calls her a feminist clearly has no idea what feminism is. I agree with her because this has become a habit for the MPAA. Boys Don't Cry suffered the same way. If you're wondering what the fuss over a tongue-job down south is all about, try to imagine how much effort went into that scene. It's easy to dismiss it as "just another sex scene", but those scenes are probably the hardest to film. Trying to come off as genuinely horny in front of a dozen crew-members holding cameras and lights above your naked body, judging your every twitch, while you tap into your most private and intimate facial expressions and body language, isn't exactly the easiest job in the world. It's awkward and needs preparation. And then to have some 60-yo prude decide to snip the entire thing, just because his primitive mindset can't accept a woman enjoying some head? It's f*cking disrespectful.
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10:33AM on 11/28/2013
I think the problem here is her assumptions. She right off the bat assumes that it's sexism and thats why people believe she sounds "feminist" (being used in a negative connotation). But being that there are other films with oral sex being performed on females it seems she just wants to believe it's sexism. When it comes down to it, the way it was filmed may have just been too graphic. If there was an oral sex scene in a film being performed on a man that was too graphic, too much like
I think the problem here is her assumptions. She right off the bat assumes that it's sexism and thats why people believe she sounds "feminist" (being used in a negative connotation). But being that there are other films with oral sex being performed on females it seems she just wants to believe it's sexism. When it comes down to it, the way it was filmed may have just been too graphic. If there was an oral sex scene in a film being performed on a man that was too graphic, too much like porn, I think that would be cut as well. But none of us have seen the scene so we don't actually know.
6:28PM on 11/28/2013
But the MPAA IS feminist. It's run by a bunch of biased men who don't mind when something appeals to men sexually, but have an issue with sex appeal for women. They are willing to also favor certain filmmakers and stars over others. Since Charlie Countrymen doesn't have much wide appeal, it's not likely to receive the same rating as something that a bigger filmmaker with bigger stars would receive. The MPAA is blatantly biased and it shows in their ratings. Just look at how Spielberg's films
But the MPAA IS feminist. It's run by a bunch of biased men who don't mind when something appeals to men sexually, but have an issue with sex appeal for women. They are willing to also favor certain filmmakers and stars over others. Since Charlie Countrymen doesn't have much wide appeal, it's not likely to receive the same rating as something that a bigger filmmaker with bigger stars would receive. The MPAA is blatantly biased and it shows in their ratings. Just look at how Spielberg's films get rated.
6:20PM on 11/27/2013
Yeah I don't think the issue is a woman being pleasured, while I agree with her base point that the mpaa is fucking stupid she kind of lost me by veering into feminism bullshit territory which had nothing to do with anything.
Yeah I don't think the issue is a woman being pleasured, while I agree with her base point that the mpaa is fucking stupid she kind of lost me by veering into feminism bullshit territory which had nothing to do with anything.
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10:15PM on 11/29/2013
It has everything to do with it. The MPAA is notorious for passing harsh judgements on sexual content, especially when it's female-oriented sexual content.
It has everything to do with it. The MPAA is notorious for passing harsh judgements on sexual content, especially when it's female-oriented sexual content.
11:59PM on 11/29/2013
Incorrect. For those in the know, the MPAA has a long standing history of scrutinizing scenes where female characters derive sexual pleasure much more harshly than scenes where male characters receive sexual pleasure. Same thing with scenes involving gay characters. It may not be an overt political agenda, but it's definitely symptomatic of a system of institutionalized oppression against female and homosexual sexuality. So it's not "feminist bullshit territory". It's demonstrable fact, and was
Incorrect. For those in the know, the MPAA has a long standing history of scrutinizing scenes where female characters derive sexual pleasure much more harshly than scenes where male characters receive sexual pleasure. Same thing with scenes involving gay characters. It may not be an overt political agenda, but it's definitely symptomatic of a system of institutionalized oppression against female and homosexual sexuality. So it's not "feminist bullshit territory". It's demonstrable fact, and was even highlighted in the documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated". You should check it out...
5:46PM on 11/27/2013

She let her anger get the best of her. At times she wasn't making sense.

"This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex"....lol. What?!?!
"This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex"....lol. What?!?!
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6:18PM on 11/27/2013
That makes perfect sense. She believes that Hollywood doesn't want to show solely a woman being pleasured, as if women should be ashamed that the man in the scene isn't receiving pleasure at the same time. I'm inclined to believe her. I don't think the scene would of revealed anything too graphic, it probably just would of established what was taking place during it. Hollywood clearly doesn't have any problems with scenes depicting males receiving oral pleasure from females, which are much
That makes perfect sense. She believes that Hollywood doesn't want to show solely a woman being pleasured, as if women should be ashamed that the man in the scene isn't receiving pleasure at the same time. I'm inclined to believe her. I don't think the scene would of revealed anything too graphic, it probably just would of established what was taking place during it. Hollywood clearly doesn't have any problems with scenes depicting males receiving oral pleasure from females, which are much greater in number than scenes with the opposite scenario.
12:00AM on 11/30/2013
Incorrect. For those in the know, the MPAA has a long standing history of scrutinizing scenes where female characters derive sexual pleasure much more harshly than scenes where male characters receive sexual pleasure. Same thing with scenes involving gay characters. It may not be an overt political agenda, but it's definitely symptomatic of a system of institutionalized oppression against female and homosexual sexuality. So it's not "feminist bullshit territory". It's demonstrable fact, and was
Incorrect. For those in the know, the MPAA has a long standing history of scrutinizing scenes where female characters derive sexual pleasure much more harshly than scenes where male characters receive sexual pleasure. Same thing with scenes involving gay characters. It may not be an overt political agenda, but it's definitely symptomatic of a system of institutionalized oppression against female and homosexual sexuality. So it's not "feminist bullshit territory". It's demonstrable fact, and was even highlighted in the documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated". You should check it out...
5:22PM on 11/27/2013

No...

That's exactly what it is. Happened with Blue Valentine is well. The scene the MPAA had a problem with was when Michelle Williams' character is receiving oral sex.
That's exactly what it is. Happened with Blue Valentine is well. The scene the MPAA had a problem with was when Michelle Williams' character is receiving oral sex.
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5:19PM on 11/27/2013
Err, I think it's a matter of how explicit the scene is, not who's getting pleasured. It's still bogus the film was edited but I hardly think the film was edited down because not both sexes were getting some.

Maybe I'm wrong and the MPAA really does edit films because of reasons like this but it sounded too ridiculous to be true.
Err, I think it's a matter of how explicit the scene is, not who's getting pleasured. It's still bogus the film was edited but I hardly think the film was edited down because not both sexes were getting some.

Maybe I'm wrong and the MPAA really does edit films because of reasons like this but it sounded too ridiculous to be true.
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7:36PM on 11/27/2013
Sadly, a blowjob wouldn't have been scrutinized as much. Watch the documentary 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated' to have a peek into how the MPAA works, and how more often than not scenes with women receiving pleasure are frowned upon whereas gore, violence, rape, and men receiving pleasure are allowed to pass.
Sadly, a blowjob wouldn't have been scrutinized as much. Watch the documentary 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated' to have a peek into how the MPAA works, and how more often than not scenes with women receiving pleasure are frowned upon whereas gore, violence, rape, and men receiving pleasure are allowed to pass.
12:01AM on 11/30/2013
It definitely is about "who's getting pleasured". For those in the know, the MPAA has a long standing history of scrutinizing scenes where female characters derive sexual pleasure much more harshly than scenes where male characters receive sexual pleasure. Same thing with scenes involving gay characters. It may not be an overt political agenda, but it's definitely symptomatic of a system of institutionalized oppression against female and homosexual sexuality. So it's not "feminist bullshit
It definitely is about "who's getting pleasured". For those in the know, the MPAA has a long standing history of scrutinizing scenes where female characters derive sexual pleasure much more harshly than scenes where male characters receive sexual pleasure. Same thing with scenes involving gay characters. It may not be an overt political agenda, but it's definitely symptomatic of a system of institutionalized oppression against female and homosexual sexuality. So it's not "feminist bullshit territory". It's demonstrable fact, and was even highlighted in the documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated". You should check it out...
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