Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Now on DVD: The Sanitizer's Cut (washingtonpost.com)
The dispute is, in some ways, less about money than a clash over social values and control of a creative product. "A lot of people are just really tired of what's out there," says Sandra Teraci, who runs Family Flix with her husband, Richard. "They're tired of turning on the TV or renting a movie and constantly being hit by violence, profanity and nudity. A lot of people want to go back to the 1950s, before this sort of thing was routine."
I am always puzzled by people like this. You don't like violence, profanity, and nudity. Fine. Rent 'The Incredibles'. You have a choice, people. "Ooh, I'd love to see that Chris Rock movie, but I hear it's got a lot of swear words in it." You know what? Too bad. That's the price you have to pay to see it. Everybody knew going in that 'Passion of the Christ' was incredibly violent and graphic, so no one could claim to be surprised when Jesus got his ass kicked. I chose not to see that movie because I'm not into sadism. See? Simple. There's a choice, I made it. I'm not going to ask some company to re-edit 'Passion' to take out all the violence just so my own narrow set of values can be satisfied. If Mel Gibson wants to create a sanitized version, then Mel, go nuts. (And he did, cutting it down to a less violent version for this Easter's re-release) That's cool, because then it's the filmmaker controlling the film's evolution. Not some nutcase like this:
Family Flix, which claims to have the toughest standards, removes "sexual innuendo," including suggestions or depictions of homosexuality. It recently edited "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," an animated film with a PG rating, to eliminate a scene in which a male starfish character sings and dances while dressed in fishnet stockings and high heels. "We don't hate homosexuals," says Sandra Teraci. "We just don't think that lifestyle should be glorified. It's becoming rampant in more types of films."
This is what I worry about the most - the new 'clean' edits are being done by people with specific value systems that may not match yours or mine or the filmmakers'. Who gives a shit if an animated character cross-dresses? Family Flix, apparently. I have yet to meet a nine-year-old who does.


Anonymous Bron said...


It’s the new “moral America.” Get used to it.

But it’s funny though how in the same day you can have the legislature of one state (Connecticut) approve same sex civil unions while the legislature of another state (Texass) works on a law that would strip the ability of homosexuals to be foster parents and if passed would have their Department of Children’s Services go into same sex homes and remove children from them. Video editing is the least of our problems Rob. We have people in legislative positions who like to apply the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution only when it’s convenient for them and it’s making for a very sad dichotomy. Again, compare what Connecticut is doing with what Texass is doing.

One part of this country – Red America – is in a furious race to the bottom in many ways, to see which Red state will be first to reach the 1800’s while another part of this nation – Blue America – is trying to just get along and be progressive without these rejects mucking up the works. It must be fun for you to sit in Canada and point and laugh. It’s not so fun living in the midst of all this though. It’s quite upsetting really.

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