The trippy noir “Charlie Countryman” came out earlier this month, and the film’s leading lady Evan Rachel Wood has taken to Twitter to object to the cuts made to the film.
Fredrik Bond directed the Bucharest-set feature which premiered at Sundance back in January. Further editing took place after that, including the removal of a scene in which Shia LaBeouf and Wood’s character get intimate. The scene was apparently removed because of demands by the American censorship board (the MPAA) who eventually slapped the film with an ‘R’ for “some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity and drug use”.
Yesterday afternoon, Wood called out the MPAA on their decision and hypocrisy regarding ratings. Her comments in full:
“After seeing the new cut of #CharlieCountryman I would like 2 share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a womans sexuality once again.
The scene where the two main characters make “love” was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people “uncomfortable” but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered.
This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex, especially when (gasp) the man isn’t getting off as well!
It’s hard for me to believe that had the roles been reversed it still would have been cut OR had the female character been raped it would have been cut. Its time for people to GROW UP.
Accept that woman are sexual beings. Accept that some men like pleasuring woman. Accept that woman don’t have to just be fucked and say thank you. We are allowed and entitled to enjoy ourselves. Its time we put our foot down.”