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MPAA Rejects Another Poster

Posted: December 19th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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The MPAA has rejected the poster for Alex Gibney's documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side," which traces the pattern of torture practice from Afghanistan's Bagram prison to Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay. ThinkFilm opens the pic on January 11th.

The image in question is a news photo of two U.S. soldiers walking away from the camera with a hooded detainee between them (pictured).

An MPAA spokesman said: "We treat all films the same. Ads will be seen by all audiences, including children. If the advertising is not suitable for all audiences it will not be approved by the advertising administration."

According to ThinkFilm distribution prexy Mark Urman, the reason given by the Motion Picture Assn. of America for rejecting the poster is the image of the hood, which the MPAA deemed unacceptable in the context of such horror films as "Saw" and "Hostel." "To think that this is not apples and oranges is outrageous," he said. "The change renders the art illogical, without any power or meaning."

The MPAA also rejected the one-sheet for Roadside Attractions' 2006 film "The Road to Guantanamo," which featured a hooded prisoner hanging from his handcuffed wrists. At the time, according to Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions, the reason given was that the burlap bag over the prisoner's head depicted torture, which was not appropriate for children to see.

ThinkFilm plans to appeal the ruling, but if they ignore the MPAA and use materials that have not been approved, the studio runs the risk of having the rating revoked, which is what happened earlier this year to "Captivity."

So... is a picture of a hooded man enough to disturb the children? Or, does the MPAA have an ulterior motive, since sliced body parts have been approved to show up on "Saw" posters.

Source: Variety


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