MPAA celebrates 50 years of screwing up movie ratings

November 01, 2018 1 min read

The Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, introduced a ratings system and censorship board in 1968 as a means for the industry to self-regulate the content in their movies. If you have any knowledge of the movie industry, you know it's complete garbage. A board comprising of 8 to 13 parents, the rating system is supposed to help inform moviegoers about the type of film they are going to see. Disregarding the insane amount of power the board affords so few people, they can't even do their job well, but that doesn't mean the MPAA won't smell their own farts when they have the chance.

For itsย 50th anniversary, the MPAA released a strange report that is one part history lesson, one part ratings data and full part masturbatory sludge. Titled "G is for Golden: The MPAA Film Ratings at 50," the document traces the origin of the ratings board and how it has changed over the years, but is really just 46 pages of the organization patting itself on the back. I could rail on this dumb leaflet all day, but showing is always better than telling, so the rest of this article will be a few ways that MPAA really "screwed" the pooch. (The previous sentence has been amended to maintain this article's PG-13 Rating.)

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