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The Parents Television Council is not happy that New York City's IFC Center said that it would admit teens to showings of Blue is The Warmest Color.
As previously reported last week, the IFC Center said it would admit teens under 17, despite the NC-17 rating the drama was labeled with due to sexual content.
Senior Vice President John Vanco sent out an email where he acknowledged that movie was not for "young children," but felt the film "is not inappropriate for mature, inquiring teenagers who are looking ahead to the emotional challenges and opportunities that adulthood holds."
A.O. Scott of the NY Times noted that the MPAA's rating doesn't hold any legal standing, merely is a guideline for theaters to follow.
The PTC wasn't exactly content with that decision, Deadline has exclusively revealed. The PTC president, Tim Winter, sent out a letter saying, "The IFC Center's decision to usurp parental and family authority by allowing unfettered access to children of adult-rated, explicit sexual content is a direct assault on parents and families across the country."
The letter continued, "Your selective unenforcement (sic) of the MPAA guidelines in this instances approaches industrial fraud, in that the system is intended specifically for the purpose of parental reliance, and that reliance has been obviated."
Winter then asks that the IFC Center change its mind, otherwise the PTC will "bring its full weight and credit to bear to make a national issue of your decision."
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