Rated X-Files

Both Presidential Candidates Think Hollywood Is Out of Line. Are You Censorious?

image Jay Mo
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Should the government get involved in regulating R-and X-rated films? On the one hand, you do need some kind of regulation, but on the other hand it feels a lot like censorship. Being in college, I'm especially aware of the First Amendment.

How much harm can a film do? I think you should have the freedom to experiment and corrupt yourself.

What was the first naughty film you saw? It wasn't a movie, but a cartoon. Immediately after He-Manwas a show called She-Ra. It contained just a hint of female anatomy. I had recently moved to the U.S. and that cartoon was very exciting to me.


image Ismael Rivera
Age 31
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Producer

Should the government get involved in regulating R-and X-rated films? They're making a big deal over nothing, and besides, censoring it won't make a difference. I don't understand older people. Why do they want to give even more of their authority to the government?

How much harm can a film do? If a kid watches an X-rated movie, it's probably in the house already.

What was the first naughty film you saw? An old movie called I Spit on Your Grave. It was about rape and it was very graphic. It had a powerful effect on me.


image Joe Rella
Age 34
Resides Westchester
Occupation Advertising executive

Should the government get involved in regulating R-and X-rated films? In all honesty, I wouldn't object. It's a different generation from when I was a kid, and the content of ads on TV and movies is sleazy and too liberal. If the networks aren't willing to monitor themselves, then the government should step in.

How much harm can a film do? Watching explicit sex and violence is dangerous. We have to be better parents.

What was the first naughty film you saw? I can't even remember. It would have had to be in a movie theater because we didn't have cable then.


image Carmen-Alicia Fernandez
Age 33
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Journalist

Should the government get involved in regulating R-and X-rated films? The film and television industries are not the problem, the gun industry is. In Europe and Latin America, it's a lot more open. You get all kinds of violent and sexually explicit movies and no middle-class white kids are firing on their classmates. It's very American. Here it's easier to get a gun than an apartment.

How much harm can a film do? People who shoot other people have mental problems. It's a result of bad parenting and a lack of focused education, and not a result of what they were watching.

What was the first naughty film you saw? I was very nerdy. My parents took me to Saturday Night Feverat the drive-in. I ducked down in the back as they drove in. I read Lady Chatterley's Lover, but it was already in my house.


image Justin Field
Age 25
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Prop builder

Should the government get involved in regulating R-and X-rated films? I'm completely opposed to it.

How much harm can a film do? It depends on how the kids watching it were raised. Nudity gets an X-rating and nudity per se isn't bad. On the other hand, I wouldn't consciously take my child to a porn movie, which is also rated X.

What was the first naughty film you saw? The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


image Joann
Age 26
Resides Bronx
Occupation Employee, telephone company

Should the government get involved in regulating R-and X-rated films? No. It's a hard question, but I'm against anything beyond the current rating system for movies.

How much harm can a film do? I think environment has much more of an effect on kids than a dirty or a violent movie ever would.

What was the first naughty film you saw? Mandingo.


image Prasuna Tanchuk
Age 26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Should the government get involved in regulating R-and X-rated films? I hate that idea. Children know about sex. It's the parents who are too lazy or too busy to pay attention to what their kids are watching who want to hand the work of doing it to someone else.

How much harm can a film do? I can understand wanting to protect children, but there should be more sex, not less, in the movies and on television. More sex and less violence against women.

What was the first naughty film you saw? In the Realm of the Senses.

 
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