Michael Moore Blasts Ratings Board for Giving 'Where to Invade Next' R Rating
"It’s amazing ... the MPAA is still intent on censoring footage that is available from any evening network news show," the filmmaker says.
Michael Moore has blasted the MPAA and the Classification and Rating Administration for slapping his documentary, Where to Invade Next, with an R Rating for "for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity."
"It’s amazing how 25 years have passed — we invented the internet, gay marriage is legal and we elected an African American President of the United States, but the MPAA is still intent on censoring footage that is available from any evening network news show," Moore said in a statement.
"This film has been widely praised by critics for its warmth and humor and optimism. What is the real reason I keep getting all these 'R' ratings? I wish the MPAA would just be honest and stick a label on my movies saying: 'This movie contains dangerous ideas that the 99% may find upsetting and lead them to revolt,' " the filmmaker continued.
Moore and those backing the film will appeal the rating.
Where to Invade Next is set to hit theaters in Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 23 before opening nationwide Jan. 15. The documentary is being distributed by a new label headed by former Radius-TWC chiefs Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League. There's still no word on who is backing the new outfit.
Moore is no stranger when it comes to battling CARA, which is administered by the MPAA and the National Association of Theater Owners. Capitalism: A Love Story, Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine and Roger & Me, his first film, all received R ratings. Roger & Me reportedly earned the rating because of a scene in which a rabbit is killed for dinner.
"With this rating, the MPAA is effectively telling high schoolers they just aren't mature enough to handle or discuss important issues directly affecting their pursuit of the American dream. The notion that a teenager can't walk into a theater and see Where to Invade Next is ridiculous and frankly un-American," Janego and Quinn said.
(1/5)Jeez. Once again the MPAA has given a film of mine an "R" rating, citing "violence, drug use & brief graphic nudity." Here's the truth:— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 2, 2015
(2/5) The "violence" in WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is footage of the NYPD officers killing an unarmed Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 2, 2015
(3/5) The "drug use" in WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is me showing how Portugal ended their "war on drugs". Haven't arrested a 1 drug user in 15yrs.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 2, 2015
(4/5) The "brief nudity" in my film is 2 secs of Germans whose health care card gives em 3 free wks @ a spa if stressed. Don't show us that!— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 2, 2015
(5/5) That's what the MPAA doesn't want teenagers 2 see w/o parental supervision. As always, teens: You know what 2 do, u know how 2 get in.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) November 2, 2015