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Controversies of the MPAA Ratings System

So why is the MPAA ratings system so controversial after all these years?

Lori Ingham

on 11 July 2010

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Transcript of Controversies of the MPAA Ratings System

Why Is The MPAA Ratings System So Controversial?
Secrecy on Process
G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17:
What do they mean?
G - General Audience
PG - Parental Guidance Suggested
PG-13 - Some Material Inappropriate for
children under 13
R - Restricted
NC-17 - Children 17 and under not admitted
Descriptions to ratings added in 1990.
Despite this, parents still aren't sure how films are rated.
No consistency in the process.
Sex Vs. Violence
Independent Vs. Studio
Homosexual Vs. Heterosexual
Only one rater is known to the public: the chair of the board.
"This Film Is Not Yet Rated" -- discovered the identity of the 2005 raters
Only a couple of the raters had school-aged children.
Appeals board -- people from the industry, and 2 clergymen
Guidelines for ratings are not given, not known to public
Films are rated "harsher" for sex
than they are for violence
Independent films are rated harsher than
studio films
Heterosexual sex often will get rated R, but
homosexual sex will get rated NC-17 for the
same sexual act.
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