SALT LAKE CITY — The Protect Family Rights Coalition released a new video Thursday that pointed to how movie-filtering could reduce graphic violence and protect children and families.
The PFRC said the new video “serves as an example of how movie filtering can reduce graphic violence in movies aimed at teens.”
The video, which you can watch below, depicts the popular 2017 film “Suicide Squad,” which was rated PG-13 by MPAA.
The video is “a prime example of the kind of violent content that Hollywood has blocked parents from being able to filter,” the PFRC said in a statement.
Bill Aho, the executive director of PFRC and former CEO of ClearPlay, said in a statement that streaming can help teens avoid violent scenes.
“No one thing is going to solve this problem. But the less graphic violence our kids are exposed to, the better and healthier they will be. This is an easy step for elected officials from both parties to support families, oppose violence and move our country in the right direction,” he said. “We call on elected representatives in both parties to take immediate action and pass legislation that will allow American families to have unfettered access to any platform offering parents the tools to address this serious issue.”
Watch the video below:
The PFRC video comes a week after a lone gunman killed 17 people and injured several more at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The shooting has led to a nationwide discussion on gun violence.
President Donald Trump said this week that violent movies, the internet and video games might be to blame for real-life violence, according to USA Today.
"We have to do something about maybe what they're seeing and how they're seeing it. … We may have to talk about that also," he said.
Filtering content has been a subject of debate between streaming services, like VidAngel, and Hollywood executives for years. Trump called for a better rating system in the aftermath of the recent shooting.
According to a 2013 study from the Annenberg Public Policy Center, gun violence has been on the rise in PG-13 films.
In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting last fall, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that America needs to confront gun violence12 comments on this story
The Parents Television Council called on Hollywood to take gun violence seriously and evaluate how much viewers see it in films.
“We agree with Disney’s Bob Iger that gun violence should be taken seriously, and in that vein, we are calling on the entire entertainment industry to evaluate its own incessant, and ever-more-realistic daily rehearsals of gun violence — and graphic violence in general — on its TV shows and in its movies. Hollywood needs to take seriously its own role in contributing to normalizing violence," according to the Parents Television Council.