Friday, May 11, 2007

Cigs Get R Rating

The Motion Picture Association of America has announced that movies that glamorize cigarette smoking risk getting an "R" rating even if they otherwise would qualify for a PG-13 rating.

That's a good decision. And we wouldn't advocate applying it retroactively. Writers and directors should have the artistic license to include smoking in movies--indeed, some historical stories would look silly without an occasional cigarette. By the same toke-n (get it?), many movies today unnecessarily glamorize cigarettes.

Sadly, they also unnecessarily glamorize teen alcohol use, teen sex, drugs, bad language, bad behavior, racial and ethnic stereotypes and violence of all kinds. But we'll settle for one step at a time.

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