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This Film is Not Yet Rated- Jesse Stapp

Franklin states in his article that, “At least in the current environment, creative, thoughtful and even subversive films can get made? (147). Franklin is very socially-conscious with this statement. First, there has been a leftward push in the political realm during the last few years. With a strong liberal voice emerging in politics, it should come as no surprise that films are being more heavily regulated. With a loosening of censorship on TV, in film and in other media outlets, Franklin is correct in observing that films are being created in such a way that much of the red-flag content goes under the radar and is seen by mass audiences. I would tend to disagree with this sentiment. I believe that there are many more regulations as to what can or cannot be seen now than opposed to 10 years ago. I would say that the conservative players in the political sphere have a very tight grip on the controls of film and TV and work hard to control what makes it to the airwaves or the next blockbuster. It’s difficult to claim that either sex or violence is predominantly censored above anything else. However, violence is an everyday occurrence for people to see on the news or in the paper. Because of this, young adults and children have become completely desensitized to violent images. Furthermore, violence becomes less censored and regulated as result. Sex on the other hand is a complete red-flag concept that has been censored for years. Rules and regulations try to keep sexual images to a minimum or prepare to accept an NC-17 rating. Gratuitous violence would maybe receive an R-rating at the most, but heavy exposure to violence is often capped at an R-rating. Gratuitous sex, however, would lead to a higher rating, based on the fact that sex is a private issue that is hidden behind curtains and doors.