In the reading Movie Rating- Do They Serve Hollywood or the Public by Moira Hodgson, asks readers to examine if the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) services the film goers and parents or the Hollywood business. The article doesnâ€™t have a thesis statement but one main question, which is stated in the title and to help reader answer the question, the Hodgson explains how the MPAA works and points out some controversial argument associated with the rating system. After reading the article I would argue that the movie rating system by Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is not designed to service the public but Hollywood.
Hodgson starts out by illustrating that the MPAA has improved the rating system since the 1970â€™s. MPAA now looks at violence more carefully as they do sexual content. Hodgson stats â€ś X ratings which used to be conferred mostly for sex are now used to designate violence as wellâ€? (2) Hodgson states even though the MPAA has made improvement, still the rating system is not helpful for the public or for parents in identifying what the movie contains â€śthere are those who find the ratings so vague- there is not indication whether an R rating is for sex, violence or language, and no indication why a PG has been awarded.â€? (Hogson, 1)
For the most part this MPAA rating system is business, movies with the X rating donâ€™t get any advisement in the media and most movie theater donâ€™t play movies with an X rating. In addition â€śMembers of the national Association of the Theater Owners, comprising about 85 percent of heaters, will not show unrated filmsâ€? (Hogson, 4) Hogson explains there are small number of filmmaker who donâ€™t submit the their film to the MPAA still make money by using their own rating system. The MPAA rating system is not only biases, but also influenced by big corporation â€śthere have been complaints by producers that the rating board is softer on the giving X rating to the larger companies.â€? (Hogson, 6)
Hogson, explains that MPAA is a form of censorship, that comes between the movie goers and the films. I would also agree it is a form of censorship based on the politics and money. The article was very interesting, it had great points that supported the film we watched this week.