Weinsteins Dispute NC-17 Rating, Gosling Calls MPAA ‘Mysoginistic’
Last week, the MPAA stamped an NC-17 rating on Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, because of “a single scene that depicts Gosling’s character performing oral sex on Williams.” Now the Weinstein Company is appealing the rating, and today both Gosling and Williams have come out with fiery public statements in defense of their film.
According to Gosling,
“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.”
Williams added that, “”The MPAA’s decision on Blue Valentine unmasks a taboo in our culture, that an honest portrayal of a relationship is more threatening than a sensationalized one.”
I haven’t watched the banned scene, but Gosling and Williams’ words ring true, particularly Gosling’s point about sexual torture being more acceptable than cunnilingus. Here’s to hoping the appeal works, setting a precedent for future oral sex everywhere!