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Explain this one Hollywood pundits. So it’s fine for a distinguished grey to seduce, bed or marry a younger woman (see: Claire Danes and Steve Martin, Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt or fucking Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood) but the minute that woman embraces her sexuality it becomes the most inappropriate thing ever? That’s the contention held by Melbourne actress Emily Browning who criticized the MPAA’s treatment of a love scene she filmed with Jon Hamm for forthcoming action flick Sucker Punch, written and directed by Zack Snyder.
Browning tells Nylon: “I had a very tame and mild love scene with Jon Hamm. It was like heavy breathing and making out. It was hardly a sex scene… I think that it’s great for this young girl to actually take control of her own sexuality. Well, the MPAA doesn’t like that. They don’t think a girl should ever be in control of her own sexuality because they’re from the Stone Age. I don’t know what the fuck is going on and I will openly criticize it, happily. So essentially, they got Zack to edit the scene and make it look less like she’s into it. And Zack said he edited it down to the point where it looked like he was taking advantage of her. That’s the only way he could get a PG-13 (rating) and he said, ‘I don’t want to send that message.’ So they cut the scene!”
Based on this decision we can draw one of three conclusions: sexual assault is less offensive than sex, young women aren’t allowed to enjoy sex at all or the MPAA is draconian and completely irrelevant. We’ll go with C.
Sucker Punch opens in cinemas April 7th.
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Title Image- Still from “Sucker Punch”