Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Censorship and "The King's Speech"

I read an interesting article today about the re-release of The King's Speech as a PG-13 movie. The article is written mostly in the perspective of Kirt Merrill, a Utahn who used to own a video-editing company. That is, he edited profanity, sex, and violence out of movies to make them "family-friendly." Big-name Hollywood directors threatened to sue him and other video-editing companies if they continued their work.

Now, he's shocked that The Weinstein Company is editing "The King's Speech" and re-releasing it. I, personally, am not quite sure where I stand on this issue, but it's interesting at any rate. There are just so many perspectives in this world . . . And somehow, most of them seem to make sense.

Anyway, read the article; it's good!
Hypocritical Hollywood?

Thing I'm thankful for: simple hellos and smiles


Blogger Ashley Terry said...

I love your blog because it always has something interesting to read or think about. I like that you share these things with us too! It's one of the many things I love about you!

4:11 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

You should have done a punny title, "Censorship and the Clean Speech". Mainly I like puns. Also this was a good link--thanks for sharing.

4:22 PM  
Blogger bh said...

hmmm, you'd think that film dude from provo would understand the film industry a little better. he was sued by directors, who care about artistic integrity. the studio is the one re-releasing "The King's Speech" & they generally just care about making a lot of money (see: Twilight). totally different groups/types of people...

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The studio can re-release their own movies however they want. Director's cut, cleanted up for families, whatevs. But if someone took your original work - let's say, your blog! and re-wrote your words and re-published it and made money off of it, saying they were juicing it up for a different audience, you'd probably be pretty pissed off too.

8:00 PM  

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