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PTC Calls on MPAA to Hold A24 Studio to Account for Plans to Allow Minors Into R-Rated Film

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 8/7/2018

LOS ANGELES (August 7, 2018) – The Parents Television Council called on the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to hold the A24 Studio accountable for its intent to let those younger than 17 be admitted without a parent into select theaters for free screenings of the R-rated film, Eighth Grade, on Wednesday evening. R-rated films are restricted to minors ages 17 and under without a parent or adult guardian, according to the MPAA.

“Subjective declarations such as this one – that some content is ‘too important’ to be labeled in accordance with the standards set forth by the MPAA and understood, trusted and relied upon by parents – undermine and negate the entire purpose of having the content rating system in the first place. In this instance, and based upon empirical data of this film’s content, the Hollywood studio at issue here is grotesquely and irresponsibly usurping parental authority. Either the standard means something or it means nothing. Those who are openly violating both the spirit and the letter of the age-based content ratings system for this publicity stunt should be held to account by the MPAA,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.