Beastie Boy Calls Bullshit on MPAA Rating

by Nigel M Smith
August 2, 2010 6:47 AM
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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch today called "bullshit" an MPAA's decision to rate the Holocaust documentary "A Film Unfinished" with an 'R' for "disturbing images of holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity." Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories is releasing the film in North America. The distribution company plans to appeal the MPAA decision for the film, which had its U.S. premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

"This is too important of a historical document to ban from classrooms," said Adam Yauch in a press release. "While there’s no doubt that Holocaust atrocities are displayed, if teachers feel their students are ready to understand what happened, it’s essential that young people are given the opportunity to see this film. Why deny them the chance to learn about this critical part of our human history? I understand that the MPAA wants to protect children’s eyes from things that are too overwhelming, but they’ve really gone too far this time. It’s bullshit."

Oscilloscope has set the appeal with the MPAA for Thursday, August 5th.

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  • Travis Burns | August 3, 2010 5:16 AMReply

    I agree with Adam, The children of the future should learn for the mistakes of the past. All films which show historical importance are important for us to view & understand.

  • Keyfinder | August 3, 2010 4:49 AMReply

    Interesting we hear about Progressive school systems wanting to teach kindergartners sex education but have a problem with teaching the truth about American and World history.

  • Thomasi | August 2, 2010 8:18 AMReply

    Let me revise the gist of my message, then. It's bad enough that we must contend with the necessary evil of the ratings system, but I acknowledge that such an industry-based, "voluntary" system is the only thing that keeps would-be government censors at bay. However, one of the greatest risks with the ratings board (as with any official censor) is that they will take it upon themselves to decide what content has merit and what content does not, and to adjust their ratings accordingly. They need to stick to a strict set of criteria pertaining to violence, language, nudity, whatever - whether the films be documentaries, horror films, Oscar bait, or teen sex romps - and rate all films according the same standards, without attempting to assess their message. We do not need to encourage these nimrods to "think" about the films they rate, because they will never ever get it right.

    In addition, we absolutely do not need to be accommodating the uptight practices of the South and the Midwest. They can either get with the 21st Century or not.

  • Nina Seavey | August 2, 2010 8:00 AMReply

    Nigel - you are wrong. If your children are in public school, you must be living in a city - and a progressive one at that. In high schools across America, especially in the South and throughout the Midwest, "R" rated films are prohibited from being shown under all circumstances. Adam Yauch is right to protest the rating before the MPAA.

  • Thomasi | August 2, 2010 7:47 AMReply

    I have kids in high school and they've been able to see R-rated films in class that the school has deemed important enough to see. It simply requires a permission slip from a parent, just like thousands of other school activities. This isn't really much of an issue.