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Breitbart Documentary Delayed Over Dispute with MPAA on the F-Word

posted by Nell Minow

A new documentary, “Hating Breitbart,” has delayed its release as the producers argue with the MPAA Ratings Board over the “f-word.”  According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film about the late conservative provocateur and internet mogul Andrew Breitbart was originally given an R for language that includes various epithets and the use of the f-word by and about the controversial new media pioneer.  They removed many of the f-words used by other people, leaving in four f-words used by Breitbart, and resubmitted the film, but were unable to persuade the ratings board to give them a PG-13.  Director Andrew Marcus told the Hollywood Reporter, “I scrubbed everybody else’s use of the word except for four by Andrew, because it’s essential to who he was. He was passionate, and he wasn’t polished.” They cited other PG-13 films that had strong material as precedent, but the MPAA has always resisted appeals based on ratings given to other movies.  Marcus says he will release the film next week with an R-rating if he is unable to get a PG-13.


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