Movieguide® announced last week the launch of a petition on CitizenGo to get the major Hollywood studios – including The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., and Paramount Pictures – to make available for rent cleaned up versions of movies that are already edited for commercial airliners.
“It’s time for families to have the choice to watch safe and clean entertainment,” family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder and Publisher of Movieguide®, said in a June 20 press release.
“We’re very disappointed that filmmakers like Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen and union organizations like the Directors Guild of America have scared studios from providing safe entertainment for the whole family,” he added.
Earlier this month Sony Pictures unveiled its “Clean Version” initiative, announcing the availability of 24 movies that were edited for TV or in-flight entertainment to remove “scenes of graphic violence, offensive language, sexual innuendo and other adult content.”
However, after some filmmakers balked at the idea of their movies being edited, Sony backed down by taking off several movies from its Clean Versions website before shutting it down altogether.
In response to Sony’s backtracking, Movieguide® is bolstering its campaign to convince more studios to offer clean versions.
“Hollywood studios know that families want clean entertainment,” Baehr said. “It’s unfortunate that the families have to suffer because a few select scatological filmmakers want every curse word and lewd scene included in their movie.”
Now in their 30th year, Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) and its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide®, are the largest, longest-running international, nonprofit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”
For more information about Movieguide® or CFTVC, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.
To read and sign the petition, click here.
By NRB Staff
Published: June 29, 2017