American parents are much more afraid that their children will see penises than decapitations according to a new survey commissioned by the ratings board.
The 2015 Parents Ratings Advisory Study, commissioned by the Classification & Rating Administration which is jointly run by the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners, has released its findings today – the first time they’ve made a full survey public.
Around 80% of parents in the U.S. believe the movie ratings system is accurate overall, but a majority think most types of sexual content should automatically warrant an R rating – and that includes even one use of the F-word which is permissable with PG-13 rated films at this stage.
The results come as the administration has come under heavy criticism for being tougher on sex and language than on violence, and said results conveniently seem to strengthen the administration’s current approach and endorse the system in place.
The survey says 99% of parents were familiar with the ratings system with 93% saying they find said ratings and ratings descriptors helpful. In terms of concern, parents are most worried about graphic sex scenes (80%) and frontal male nudity (72%) followed by hard drugs (70%), frontal female nudity (70%).
Graphic violence isn’t a concern until the number drops to 64%. Going even lower is the F-word (62%), pot use (59%) and horror violence (59%). Parents seem to have less issue with suggested sexuality or times where it’s used as a joke as non-graphic sex scenes, suggestive sexual innuendo, partial and brief nudity all clocked in at 57%.
53% of parents think the F-word appears in PG-13 rated movies too much, while only 44% think there is too much graphic violence in PG-13 movies.
The results come as Michael Moore’s appeal to have the R-rating for his latest documentary “Where to Invade Next” overturned has failed. That film scored an R for “some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.”