A Christian group is urging the Motion Picture Association of America to give Quenton Tarantino’s new movie, Django Unchained, an NC-17 rating due to violence. In the process, they invoke the horrors of Sandy Hook Elementary School:
Via a press release:
Hollywood, Calif. – The Christian Film & Television Commission®, an advocacy group in Hollywood, is petitioning the Motion Picture Association of America to change the rating of the ultra– violent new western from Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED, from R to NC– 17.
“This movie ends with two of the most violent scenes we’ve ever seen in more than 27 years of reviewing movies,” said founder and spokesman Dr. Ted Baehr. “As countless research studies and recent events in Connecticut have shown, some young boys and men like to imitate the violence they see in movies, TV, and video games.”
The movie shows blood erupting like lava from bodies when people are shot. Also in the movie, a slave is eaten by dogs and a man hanging upside down is threatened with castration.
“Rating DJANGO NC– 17 would be the right thing to do,” Dr. Baehr concluded.
Of course, the fact that there’s little evidence that this is true doesn’t really seem to matter. It also doesn’t seem to matter that the vast majority of people watch these movies, laugh at the “blood erputing like lava from bodies” because it’s ridiculous, and never hurt a human soul. After all, Tarantino has used this kind of thing before…in Kill Bill, the amount of blood that “erupted” from the bodies was probably measured in gallons…far more than the human body can actually contain. We didn’t end up with a rash of katana murders, now did we?
After all, none of that lets the nanny-types get in the way of you enjoying a goofily violent movie.