Friday, August 25, 2006

What do you think?

In a recent article by Christianity Today (see it here), they report that Clean Flicks has lots its ability to manipulate Hollywood films in order to remove swearing, violence and sexual scenes. Hollywood feels the removal of such scenes infringes on the art and creativity that is intentionally put into films to make them the best they can be.

What do you think? Does a person have the right to edit what is viewed in their own home? Why can ABC remove scenes when they show a film on TV, but Clean Flicks cannot on a DVD a person orders online?

I am torn. I agree that some movies dramatic effect would be missed if some of the thematic elements were removed. "Shawshank Redemption" and "American History X" would lose its power without the horrible gang rape scenes and vulgarity attached to prison life. "The Passion of the Christ" and "Schindler's List" would not present the real past without the horrifying violence. Some romance movies would fail to present the passion of individuals without bedroom scenes.

I question, however, whether an individual cannot choose to have those items removed over their own personal convictions. If I have the option to fast forward through things I consider garbage, why can't I just have them removed entirely from a DVD? In a few years will Hollywood sue me for a violation of artistic rights if I just watch 90% of the scenes of a movie because 10% of the movie violates my personal convictions?

Express your thoughts . . .


Tim said...

As long as they aren't losing money in the deal and you aren't making money in the deal without their consent, then it's yours to edit as you wish. Simple.


Anonymous said...

Hey Matt,

I read this article too. Here's a quote by John Milton in his essay against censorship, "Areopagitica" (I saw it on

"He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true warfaring Christian. I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat. Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary."

Though, I think parents have a great responsibility in protecting their children from objectionable material...if that means either not allowing it at all or watching with them and explaining everything.

Kristen Myers