Today’s story in The Wrap about Hollywood and the MPAA expressing concern about film violence is a steaming pile of doodoo. For proof, I give you the documentary “Cleanflix,” which is currently streaming at Netflix.
A few years ago, a group of Salt Lake City Mormons got together to open a chain of video stores offering mainstream Hollywood movies, but ones that edited out foul language, sex, and extreme violence. Mormons are not allowed to see R-rated films, so the idea was to make forbidden films available to thousands.
To get around the issue of piracy, for every copy of a “clean” film made available for sale or rental, the store owner was required to purchase an actual copy and destroy it.
Once Hollywood found out, they sued and the stores (which were quite profitable) were closed.
As a compromise the store owners asked the studios to make available copies of films already edited for airlines and television; which Mormons would’ve gobbled up just as eagerly as the edited copies.
In short: Hollywood chose to lose who knows how many customers rather than profit from edited copies.
Is that the move of an industry determined to make a profit and worried about the effect film violence has on our culture?
Or is that the move of an industry whose primary goal is to pollute the culture?