The Seal of Censorship

The Seal of Censorship

: Ernie Miller is properly shocked at the movie industry cooperating with — even promoting — the frightening Parents Television Council by putting PTC seals of approval on movies.

This is tantamount to taking out ad with a screaming blurb: “Jerry Falwell says go see this movie or go to hell!”

The PTC is Brent Bozell’s self-appointed national censor. They are almost single-handedly responsible for the rash of complaints to the FCC. They are attacking the First Amendment and fres speech.

It’s bad enough that news organizations treat them as if they’re a real organization that represents the “parents” of its title — they sure as shit don’t represent me! — as opposed to the fanatics that they are.

But now, as Ernie points out, the movie studios are promoting the PTC by using its seal and that will come back to bite them in the butt, guaranteed.

  • http://www.elflife.com/ carsonfire

    ‘This is tantamount to taking out ad with a screaming blurb: “Jerry Falwell says go see this movie or go to hell!”‘
    Is it? Is it really? Sounds like hyperbole to me.
    Miller asks “Why is this a bad idea?” but then never really answers his own question. He instead complains that the PTC writes letters to the FCC, and never makes any reasonable connection between the seal and the letters.
    This all may *be* a bad idea, but it seems to be Kryptonite for people arguing against it (like Mr Jarvis and Miller)… they get so mad about it that they rant instead of making reasonable arguments.
    I understand the arguments *for* a seal like this, but I haven’t really heard any decent arguments against it. Arguments that seals are tantamount to censorship just haven’t panned out in practice. Video game ratings haven’t diminished the violent content, and warning labels on CDs only help us more easily find music with dirty lyrics. So apart from “Bozell is evil”, what’s wrong with the seal?

  • http://www.corante.com/importance/ Ernest Miller

    I actually thought I made it pretty clear. I’m not against independent groups rating movies and what not. However, I think it is a big mistake for Hollywood to promote the PTC, since it is the PTC that is attacking the First Amendment through the FCC.
    I’m not against truly independent ratings. I am against Hollywood promoting an organization trying to destroy free speech for others.

  • Andy Freeman

    > I am against Hollywood promoting an organization trying to destroy free speech for others.
    Really? You’re excited about the FEC?
    I thought so. “Others” rarely includes not-media. In fact, media types typically push restrictions on not-media.

  • http://www.corante.com/importance/ Ernest Miller

    Actually, yes, I am very concerned about the FEC. However, my solution is far more radical … I think that if we explode television as Jeff puts it, we will have far fewer problems.

  • Michael

    The Parents Television Council (PTC) is another fanatical Evangelical/fundamentalist (so-called) Christian Right activist group. Their ultimate goal is to codify their moralistic worldview not only what constitutes decency on television, but in all aspects of life, so the rest of us are forced to live by what they interpret to be Christian biblical standards.
    These same wackos perceive Biblical implications in the Iraq War and are deeply disturbed by the Lawrence vs. Texas decision striking down sodomy laws. To them gay marriage is an abomination. In reality they’re no different than wacko Wahhabi Muslims who want the societies they live in to be governed by Sharia.
    The problem is they have deep roots in the Bush administration and they’re gaining ground daily.

  • shark

    : Ernie Miller is properly shocked at the movie industry cooperating with — even promoting — the frightening Parents Television Council by putting PTC seals of approval on movies
    PTC……..MPAA. Same thing, different initials.
    Jeff is just upset because he hates the PTC due to his anti-religious bias.

  • G-Man

    “These same wackos perceive Biblical implications in the Iraq War and are deeply disturbed by the Lawrence vs. Texas decision striking down sodomy laws. To them gay marriage is an abomination. In reality they’re no different than wacko Wahhabi Muslims who want the societies they live in to be governed by Sharia.”
    The problem is they have deep roots in the Bush administration and they’re gaining ground daily.”
    You are right, Michael…frightening.