April 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Motion Picture Association of America has changed the rating of a film about a transgender teen from R to PG-13 after outrage from the LGBT lobby. The film's studio, the Weinstein Company, says its cuts to the film made this possible.
3 Generations is about a teenage girl, Ray, who thinks she is a boy. She lives in New York City where she was raised by her mother, her lesbian grandmother, and her grandmother's girlfriend. The film shows Ray's medical “transition,” for which she needs the consent of her absent biological father.
Sarah Kate Ellis, the president of the LGBT group GLAAD, called 3 Generations' R rating “dangerous to the transgender community” shortly after it was announced.
The film is “a touching story about what really makes a family, and one that will not only provide transgender boys like Ray a character they can finally relate to, but parents of transgender youth a look into a family that deals with issues similar to ones they face,” she wrote in Variety.
“There has never been a transgender character in a film rated G, PG, or PG-13, with the exception of films like 'Hot Pursuit,' 'Instructions Not Included,' and 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,' all of which were rated PG-13 and received criticism for their defamatory depictions of transgender women,” she complained. “There is nothing in this film more egregious than other PG-13 family dramas that depict non-LGBTQ teens or adults.”
The MPAA is “afraid of exposing teens” to “transgender content,” she speculated.
A spokesperson for the MPAA said in a statement, “No outside groups have any influence on the rating process.”
“We are clearly on a path where the content ratings systems protect the interests of Hollywood, not parents,” said Tim Winter, president of the Parents' Television Council.
3 Generations currently has a 45 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It will be released in New York and Los Angeles on May 5 and then in other locations on May 12.