I read this on CBC’s website today:
Youth representatives from health units throughout the region met in London on the weekend to discuss their concerns about smoking in movies.
They will be urging the Ontario Film Review Board to consider each film’s depiction of tobacco use when issuing its classified movie ratings.
Donna Kosmack, a youth development specialist with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, said smoking among teens remains a major concern.
And the more that young people see actors smoking cigarettes, the more they think it’s a normal thing to do, she said.
One American health group says The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has more than 100 incidents of smoking, far more than necessary, even for a movie set in a time when more people smoked.
The teens also sent a request to the film board asking for public service announcements about the dangers of smoking to run before movies that show tobacco use.
The Ontario Film Review Board has agreed to meet with the youth representatives to discuss their concerns, she said.
New York state health officials have also urged stricter ratings on films with smoking. Last summer Disney agreed to eliminate smoking from its family-oriented movies.
So where do I begin? First off, let’s look at the “objective reporting” of CBC’s Gary Ennett. The “One American health group,” is not sourced, and it’s obvious he sides with the kids, using a comment like “far more than necessary” when referring to the amount of smoking in Benjamin Button. I’m just curious though, what group actually counted the amount of smoking going on in this movie? The National Institute of Douche Bags Who Have Nothing Better to Do Than Sit Around and Count Cigarettes in Movies? You may have heard of their acronym, SELF-RIGHTEOUS.
Seriously. Who are the kids that form a group like this? Actually, I know them. They are the kids at school who get the crap kicked out of them by the kids who smoke. Now they have to make their annoying little existence known to the rest of the world by growing up to make “you can’t do that” groups. These are the same people that banned tag from elementary school, or pulled the teeter totter and the tire swing from the playground. Too many kids were getting hurt. Oh no. Come on. You know who was getting hurt? The stupid kid that would have gotten hurt any number of ways anyway, it just happened to be on the god damned tire swing. So get rid of the kid instead of my fun. Now all kids can really do is run around in a circle. Kids don’t even know what red ass is anymore. Dodge ball is an imaginary sport from a movie. They don’t even play flag football. Too dangerous. Give me a break. Take a chance. Get hurt. It’s a part of life.
Now back to this smoking thing. We all know that smoking is pretty much bad for smokers and people around smokers, but you know what? Everyone is going to die from something and it’s not going to be from old age. When was the last time you heard of someone dying from “natural causes”. Seriously think about it for a moment. It doesn’t happen anymore. We’re born with cancer. We die from cancer. If not, it’s a heart attack, stroke, car accident, terrorism, murder, spontaneous combustion. You get the point. If people are going to smoke, let them smoke. Putting an ad in front of a movie giving the same warning as on a pack of cigarettes is just going to piss people off and make them not want to go to the movies. Giving a movie with cigarettes an R-Rating is going to make a creatively bankrupt Hollywood even worse off. I guess we’ll never get that Casablanca remake we’ve been waiting for. Unless Bogart chews nicorette now. I can understand a MADD ad in front of a movie, but telling me I’m going to die from smoking because James Dean is lighting up before he starts a motorcycle race is OVER THE LINE. Stop shoving your Utopian fantasy crap down my throat. It’s never going to happen. People will always do what they want. Stupid people listen to advertising, and stupid people die. It’s called Darwinism. We can’t save everyone.
And on that note, I’m going to go have a smoke.