Censorship Advocates Want to Keep Transgender Teens from Seeing Movie About Transgender Teen
Anti-LGBT censorship advocacy group Parents Television Council (PTC) want as few people to see the soon-to-be released transgender coming-of-age film "3 Generations" as possible. That's why the group, who have long been at odds with the Motion Picture Association (MPAA), is applauding the organization's decision to slap the film with an R-rating.
According to press notes, the film, which is released by The Weinstein Company (TWC) and stars Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon, "provides an authentic and sensitive portrayal of what it means to be a transgender youth in today's society and the enormous impact familial support can have as one transitions."
According to the MPAA, the film received its R-rating because of strong language including some sexual references. TWC's Harvey Weinstein is currently battling with the MPAA to have the rating lowered to P3-13. And although children under 17 can still see R-rated movies, unlike a P3-13 film, they need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
"Gaby, Naomi, Susan and Elle made this movie to share its message of acceptance and inclusion with all generations," said TWC's Harvey Weinstein. "The fact that an R-rating would prevent high school students from seeing this film would truly be a travesty."
But it's exactly that "travesty" that PTC's Melissa Henson is hoping for. It isn't the movie's potty mouth that has the anti-LGBT PTC supporting the MPAA's R-rating for the film. Henson's motive is to keep as many unaccompanied questioning transgender teens as possible out of the theater.
"[A] parent should be there watching with the child so the parent can help mitigate against whatever those problematic elements - whatever the problematic content is - so the parent can talk to their child about those issues rather than letting an unsupervised child go see this movie without the filter of having a parent there," Henson told OneNewsNow.
PTC, which was founded in 1995 by conservative Catholic Activist Brent Bozell, has long been accused of being "very afraid of gay TV characters." His group has specifically targeted prime time animated series.
In a 2008 interview with The Advocate, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane compared the PTC's frequent negative reviews of his series to getting "hate mail from Hitler."
"They're literally terrible human beings," McFarlane told The Advocate. "I've read their newsletter, I've visited their website, and they're just rotten to the core. For an organization that prides itself on Christian values-I mean, I'm an atheist, so what do I know?-they spend their entire day hating people. They can all suck my dick as far as I'm concerned."