Friday, January 04, 2008
Ring ring [the phone]
blah blah blah Many people with young children, grandmothers and mothers, feel movie ratings are getting more and more lax, while the movies themselves have more and more adult content. Do you agree? [paraphrased]
I don't have children
We are still interested in your opinion. [blah blah, some stuff I missed but was pretty sure I didnt agree with it either]
I don't agree
Um, I don't agree
Every year for every one family movie produced there are [a lot, maybe 4 I don't recall] that are are rated R released. Do you agree that there should be more family movies.
No. [She is implying as a proportion not an amount and besides I can't stand leading questions. You can lead a pervert to censorship but you can't make them eat it].
What?! [slightly surprised and unhappy tone of voice]
No, I don't agree. [What part of 'no' didn't she understand?]
Well you don't fit the demographic we are tring to reach.
No shit Sherlock.
Seriously. I had a delivery man at the door and the dog was doing his Hound of the Baskervilles routine so I didn't really get who these people were--American... Entertainment... Nazis? No nothing quite so obvious. Can anyone tell me? Because when they release the data I want to be there. I bet it will say all you good Americans out there wan't less adult-rated movies and harsher ratings. Something any movies with gay charaters in them already get slammed on pretty hard. [And not in the good way].
I want to be there to say how astoundingly outrageous their surveyor was telling people what they wanted us to say--giving slanted if not utterly incorrect information and challenging negative answers in a disapproving voice. Even I hesitated to say no when she set it up so that it basically meant I hated small children, grandmothers and movies with ponies in them. But the question was not actually about loving families, it was about suppressing and censoring adult-rated entertainment.
Those are not the only two choices.