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Ryan Gosling Calls Blue Valentine NC-17 Rating Misogynistic

Ryan Gosling Calls Blue Valentine NC-17 Rating Misogynistic

As if we needed another reason to love Ryan Gosling, today he and his costars came out with a strongly worded statement blasting the MPAA for the NC-17 rating of his new movie Blue Valentine. Criticizing the decision to give a severe rating over an uncomfortable scene that lacks violence or gratuitous nudity, Ryan points out a glaring double standard. He said:

You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It's misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman's sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.

His costar Michelle Williams also weighs in, saying: "The MPAA's decision on Blue Valentine unmasks a taboo in our culture, that an honest portrayal of a relationship is more threatening than a sensationalized one." The Weinstein Co. has rallied a team of lawyers to appeal the rating, which could limit how many people see the film, but it's obvious that this is not just about the bottom line.

What do you make of Ryan and Michelle's statements? Do you think the debate could bring more realistic depictions of sex and relationships to movies?

lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I completely agree; I think there is a similar double standard when it comes to ratings for fould language - network tv allows the word "bitch," which is inherently offensive to and usually used to insult women and yet all the other cuss words are censored (which I have no problem with). however, I still find the scene in question completely innapropriate for viewers under 18. yes, no parents should be taking their children to watch such a serious movie, and no, it's not an inherently bad action, especially because the couple is married but there is no reason that people under 18 should be allowed to watch something so graphic. not sure if it should have been rated NC-17; but R still seems too lax (of course; I think my main problem is that the R-rating even allows people under 18)...
dreejay dreejay 6 years
Ryan's comments regarding the NC-17 rating make me love him so much more, if that was even possible. I have been dying to see this movie since I first heard about it, and NC-17 or not I will be standing in line on opening day. Has anyone seen the trailer? Amazing. Gosling can sing!
cdelaney cdelaney 6 years
I have been eagerly awaiting this movie! I'm surprised by the continued issues with ratings--it seems odd considering pretty much anything goes! Regardless, I am super excited for the movie and love Ryan that much more!
areitz areitz 6 years
There is a great documentary, called "This Film Is Not Yet Rated", which really goes into how the MPAA rates movies. And surprise, surprise -- it doesn't paint the MPAA in a very flattering light. I recommend it, if you're interested in how this process works, behind the scenes. Here is the IMDB link:
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
What Molly said, minus the "I saw the movie" part. I'm surprised by how much sexualized violence gets a piddly R rating.
Molly-Goodson Molly-Goodson 6 years
Just when I think I can't love him any more...I saw this movie at Sundance and the NC-17 rating is absolutely ridiculous. I 100% agree with his statement. The scene in question is intense, but not offensive or scary or any of the million of things that are so prominent in the popular "torture porn" genre.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
what! i never heard of this movie, i want to see it!
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