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Petitioning Motion Picture Association of America

Tell the MPAA to be Transparent in it's Rating of Movies


The general public has no idea whom is grading the movies in which they put faith in the grading system. Yes we know it's MPAA, but do they know who that consists of? The only way you would know anyone on the board is if you watched 'This movie is not yet rated' where they went and investigated these people and even if you watched that movie it's a couple years old. 

There is no transparency and there are a number of movies that I feel filmmakers had to change in order to get a certain rating which did not need change 'Boys Don't Cry' and 'But I am a Cheerleader' being two of many. In those two cases I mention I feel that the MPAA were discriminating against another sexually orientation that they had no one representing.

(They also seem to rate movies with more violence lower than ones with more sex which I personally find odd because sex is something that everyone encounters in life whereas murder and violence is a much more rarer thing that we do not really want in our society. I would like to see the justification to why they rate)

I want to change the system, I want them to be completely transparent in their grading of movies, I want to know who is grading them, how/why exactly the film got the rating they did, there should be different religious groups represented as well as different minorities and different orientations, the raters should have young children of their own under eighteen (which they claim but in the movie they discovered that few of them had children), and most importantly there should be an appeals process if the filmmaker and public disagrees with the rating.

Watch the movie 'This Movie is Not Yet Rated' if you haven't seen it yet. Picture used from http://photos.lucywho.com/this-film-is-not-yet-rated-photos-t795282.html Transparency and better representations of the American citizens different views would make me feel better trusting the system. If you agree I would love you to sign this petition. 

 

Letter to
Motion Picture Association of America
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Motion Picture Association of America.

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We want transparency and an appeals process.

The public has no idea whom is grading the movies that they decide to watch. There is no transparency and there are a number of movies that I feel filmmakers had to change in order to get a certain rating which did not need change 'Boys Don't Cry' and 'But I am a Cheerleader' being two of many. In those two cases I mention I feel that you were discriminating against another sexually orientation that you had no one representing.

The public wants to know why movies are rated the way they are and by whom. They want minorities/orientation represented in the process as well real parents who have children under 18. Transparency and better representations of the American citizens different views would make me feel better trusting the system.
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Sincerely,