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 . . .