• Hollywood Disdains Clean Movies

    by  • July 7, 2017 • Movies, Profanity, Sex, Violence • 8 Comments

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    Sony Pictures had a plan to offer “Clean Versions” of movies to families…but Hollywood shot it down.

    “This is absolute bull****! Sony Pictures is gonna get hell for f****** with our movies. Shove the clean versions up you’re a**!”
    So shrieked filmmaker Judd Apatow on Twitter, in reaction to Sony announcing its plan to offer sanitized editions of its films to audiences. These versions are typically shown on airlines and broadcast TV but are not otherwise available.

    Sony intended to make the “clean versions” available to family audiences on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime – no doubt in response to the lawsuit by VidAngel, a filtering service which allows viewers at home to screen out offensive content. The pilot program was “developed in response to specific consumer feedback, that offers viewers the option of watching an airline or TV version of certain movies when they purchase the original version,” said Sony Home Entertainment President Man Jit Singh.

    Unfortunately, within a day of the “Clean Version” story making the news, the Director’s Guild of America unleashed a blistering attack on the studio head, who was just trying to make more money for creators by making their works available to family audiences.

    Confronted with the DGA’s rage, Sony immediately folded. One day after he announced the “Clean Versions” program, Singh backpedaled, saying “Our directors are of paramount importance to us, and we want to respect those relationships to the utmost. If any of them are unhappy or have reconsidered, we will discontinue [making the ‘clean version’ available] for their films,” Singh said.

    But now, the DGA is complaining that Sony’s president hasn’t groveled enough. “While we’re pleased that Sony is acknowledging its mistakes in this area,” a DGA statement sneered, “the DGA has notified Sony that it expects the immediate removal of all ‘clean’ versions of the affected films from availability until Sony secures permission from each and every director.” A more direct response came from director Seth Rogen: “Holy s***! Don’t do this to our movies,” Rogen said on Twitter.

    Under the guise of “artistic freedom,” and “protecting the rights of directors,” the Hollywood community is willing to deny audiences THEIR freedom and rights to protect their children from ultra-graphic content, as guaranteed by Congress in the 2005 Family Home Movie Act.

    The Hollywood community is adamantly opposed to anyone seeing any version of their “artistic” movies with profanity, explicit sex, and graphic violence removed, despite the obvious audience demand for this. By ignoring their audience’s concerns, and refusing the considerable extra revenue they could gain by releasing ‘clean’ versions of their films (or making cleaner films in the first place), Hollywood is exposing their true intentions. This isn’t about an artist’s speech. It’s about an agenda.

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    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    8 Responses to Hollywood Disdains Clean Movies

    1. Ellen Longo
      July 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      As a family, we have distanced ourselves from television and the big screen because of the progressive agenda that “everything and anything goes”
      Core values that once stood for the way most folks lived and behaved have since gone by the wayside. It has been a refreshing change and we actually feel better for not watching or being drawn into what Hollywood wants us to accept. Rather than sit like zombies in front of the tv and cringe at most of the garbage that it presents, we find other ways now to pass the time.

    2. T Erickson
      July 7, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      Hollywood Directors, Judd Apatow & Seth Rogan apparently are lost souls. They need to have their mouths washed out with soap! Too bad Sony Home Entertainment, Man Jit Singh doesn’t have enough backbone to take a stand for what’s right and decent.
      Thank you Parents Television Council for fighting the good fight! Keep the faith. God bless you!

    3. Maggietish
      July 9, 2017 at 3:52 am

      Why are these Directors so afraid of clean versions of films. There used to be family oriented movies and entertainment that was available but obviously these Directors prefer and choose to support everything that’s perverted and disgusting. It’s a shame that Sony folded under the Directors’ demands. There’s no question that these Directors, and all in the entertainment industry who agree with them, are responsible for and encourage and support all thre violence, filth and perversion that’s taking place in the United States. There is an old expression, what goes around comes around and we all do reap what we sow. These Directors, and others who believe what they believe, lbetter buckle up their day of reckoning is at hand.

    4. Lynda
      July 9, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      I go to maybe l movie a year, even though from previews on TV I think, I
      would like to see that, but because of the rating and all the garbage shown
      in the movie I don’t go.
      Our motto is “Garbage in – garbage out!!” I don’t want those words, scenes,
      and thoughts running around in my brain. My thought life does not need
      GARBAGE!!!
      Also I don’t purchase DVD’s that would be the same and some movies on TV.

      If it was cleaned up then myself and many people I know would buy DVD’s.
      What if the media made clean movies and sell the junk DVD’s to the people
      that would like to watch it!
      My choice is to have a clean brain as much as possible in this day and age.
      Thank you for the opportunity to give my thoughts on dirty and clean movies.

    5. Regina S.
      July 13, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      With one exception, I watch old tv and movies to avoid the sex and rage in current shows and movies.

      • Gilbert
        July 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

        Great idea!!!

    6. moax429
      July 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      As (the late, great, and *much more* talented) Lucille Ball once said, and I paraphrase:

      “The industry today is owned by bankers, not by artists.”

      And, to be sure, Rogen and Apatow are *not* artists. That definition *doesn’t* fit them in any way, shape or form. And to have them force Sony not to make clean versions of movies only shows no-talents like them are getting their own, selfish ways.

      And I agree with the last sentence Maggietish said: Rogen, Apatow, and the rest of their sorry ilk “better buckle up because their day of reckoning is at hand.” Very well said.

    7. Mike
      July 19, 2017 at 10:05 am

      As a strong Christian family man I can’t help but to be appalled by the movies coming out today. It seems like a good moral story with a tough learned life lesson is all we need for entertainment to return to the theatres. It’s disgraceful that no studio makes wholesome family films. I think bare breasts, asses, or other disgusting things do not need to be featured in film. If we wanted to see that we’d go on you porn or tube galore or tuts planet or somewhere else.

      Basically I want more PTC approved content. Only then will our nation reach its full potential.
      God bless!

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