McKay Responds To Red-Banding Of "Girlstown" Trailer
The Motion Picture Association of America has slapped a “red band” on the trailer for Jim McKay’s new film “Girls Town,” the story of four high school girls whose lives are transformed after they discover one of their friends has been raped. As a result, the preview can only be shown before R-rated movies.
In an interview with indieWIRE, McKay explained, “We really went out of our way to cut a trailer that could be shown to PG audiences.”
Though the movie is filled with obscenities, the reason for the red-band is its use of the word “rape.” McKay responded, “Maybe if we’d put a couple of explosions in the trailer, we would’ve gotten a lower rating. When did rape become a dirty word?”
In a phone call yesterday, MPAA representative Bethlyn Hand defended her organizations’ ruling explaining that because the country is so “victorian” the MPAA were afraid of angering parents whose children might see McKay’s trailer before a “G” rated movie.
“It is very sad to me that this board of people object to the education of the children of this country by exposing them to issues and concepts that are more mature than blowing up buildings and having shootouts and car chases,” McKay countered, “its just really really sad, it makes me much more sad than it does angry.”
When asked why it was ok for children to see movie trailers with violence and explosions, Ms. Hand made a distinction due to the fact that films with excessive violence tend to rely on special effects.
Resigned to the situation, McKay concluded, “You spend all this time and you make a film that you really want to hit a certain audience and then they block you from that audience, its very disappointing.”