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Evan Rachel Wood Slams MPAA Over Deleted 'Charlie Countryman' Sex Scene

Evan Rachel Wood Slams MPAA Over Deleted 'Charlie Countryman' Sex Scene

Evan Rachel Wood has spoken out over a sex scene in her new film Charlie Countryman that had to be cut to satisfy the MPAA in order to receive an R rating.

“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,” Evan wrote. “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! Its 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.”

The Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams film Blue Valentine also faced the same problem back in 2011, but The Weinstein Company was able to get the NC-17 rating overturned without any changes to the film.

Charlie Countryman, which also stars Shia LaBeouf, is now playing in limited release and on demand.

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  • Ha

    I agree with her! Stop with the bull! Women can be very sexual and so what!? It’s time for society to accept that. #YayFeminism

  • Nev


  • Alaia

    Typical, misogynist MPAA. What gives them the right to edit somebody else’s film?

  • CC

    She looks like Chris Crocker.

  • BIG

    coming from a man I don’t know why they took the scene out but women don’t be complaining and asking why men see you as tool,toys, or symbols…I personally have no problem seeing a man give a women oral…on the other hand I wouldn’t be uncomfortable but turn on …


    lets hope her son never has to read this or see the movie

  • Sarah

    @THE CHILDREN: Yeah, because her son must believe that he was made by the holy ghost! he should never know that his mom have sex!
    Oh, please!



  • Alaia

    @THE CHILDREN: Evidently you can’t distinguish the difference between having sex and simulating sex. His mother is an accomplished actress; should be nothing to be ashamed about. This is exactly what’s wrong with society; stop being prudes. It’s that same argument over and over again. Kids can play violent video games, but they can’t see a naked woman?

  • toby

    She’s stupid. You can see “Women’s Sexuality” in every second movie. And if you wanna see sex in a movie, go watch porn.

  • sid

    she’s right in every word.

  • Hi

    @toby: Yes, ‘women’s sexuality’ that doesn’t go beyond NUDITY. She’s talking about sex here. Might I suggest you watch the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated. They show a bunch of films in which the male is receiving the pleasure…those films got an R rating. Then they show a bunch of films in which the female receives pleasure such as The Cooler starring Maria Bello, and that got initially got an NC-17 simply because you could see her pubic hair.

    The only reason Blue Valentine’s rating was overturned was because of Harvey Weinstein.

  • Dream

    That is a shame about the rating but it still doesn’t look too good. None of her new movies do.

  • anonymous

    Coming from a woman who dated Marilyn Manson. That’s what they make porno for. I do, however, murder scenes should be rated equally as porno. I started not liking her after she made comments about an actor based on hearsay, which later proved to be false. Ready to do a person in before the factors are known. Self-righteous idiot.

  • JustSayin


  • jen

    you guys wana shout out porn but is the movie a whole f***** sex scene? NO IT IS NOT, sex is an interpersonal human interaction and its being naturally displayed in a movie because COUPLES HAVE SEX IN REAL LIFE? omg the shock and horror, please gtfo. stop acting like the whole movie is porn when its only like a 2 minute sex scene. and it is disappointing to see that women can’t express sexual satisfaction on screen but it has always been okay for male actors to simulate orgasms and the rating system gives those movies the green light? it is sexist as hell and if you are a woman that is against evan’s intelligent response, then you are subconsciously degrading yourselves as a sex object for men and this will continue to establish the fact that its a mans world and we are secondary to their gender as long as earth still exists. we as women have the right to express pleasure just as much as men and there’s nothing to be ashamed about, sorry not sorry.

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  • Pretty Ka

    @anonymous: “Ready to do a person in before the factors are known. Self-righteous idiot” … Are you describing yourself here? Coz it sure sounds like it.

  • Mimi


    It had to be said and is 100% accurate! Shows how sexist the MPAA still is!

  • Wurry

    A rape of a woman on primetime tv is fine, but the pleasure solely of a woman must be censored?? I’ll never inderstand that.

  • Paul

    ERW has a point but I don’t think the problem is only with female sexuality.

    America has a problem depicting sex period.

  • Lucky

    @anonymous: That is interesting. Who was the actor?

  • Movie Watcher

    @Dream: Agree. The teaser trailer for 10 Things I Hate About Life is awful.

  • Swift

    I don’t disagree but she’s not saying anything new. That’s how the MPAA has been for years and years.

  • beautemps

    They need better leads for this movie.

  • Alya

    what if they cut it out cus is was too much??
    this is a movie not porn
    stop playing “the women card”
    and I’m a girl by the way

  • Hilarious

    Any man that goes down on a woman needs to have his tongue examined. Just ask Michael Douglas.

  • Sheba

    This girl is fearless!! Some people just can’t handle that. Don’t be afraid of a strong woman with strong opinions!

  • Jeff

    @Sheba: Nah. Actors and moviegoers complain about MPAA censorship all the time. It’s normal not fearless.

  • Tori

    @Jeff: Evan IS fearless. She says what she thinks no matter what r3tard-l0sers on the internet think.

  • jeeves

    Most beautiful and talented actress in Hollywood.

  • James Campbell

    Did she really use “woman” when “women” would be correct or is the person typing up the quote an idiot?