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.