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Susan Sarandon trans film 3 Generations given ‘R’ rating, despite no sex or violence

Susan Sarandon trans film 3 Generations given ‘R’ rating, despite no sex or violence

3 Generations, about a trans teen, will now be allowed to be seen by teens

The Motion Picture Association of America is being accused of transphobia after giving a film an R rating, despite no sex or violence.

3 Generations, starring Susan Sarandon, shows the journey of trans teen Ray and his mother and grandmother.

Elle Fanning stars as the trans male character and Naomi Watts as his mother, which has no sex, violence or drug use.

The film has been criticized, prior to release, for not casting a trans male to play the trans male character.

The MPAA gave it an R rating, ensuring moviegoers under 17 will not be able to see it without an adult accompanying them.

Blair Durkee, a trans woman in South Carolina, launched a petition urging the MPAA to reconsider the rating.

‘I saw characters that I could look at and see myself reflected in—and that made a huge difference in my life. It breaks my heart when I think about those kids who won’t be able to see this movie because of its “R” rating,’ writes Durkee.

‘This is a story about them, being denied to them, simply because the MPAA doesn’t know what to do with the subject matter.’

Sarandon called 3 Generations ‘an important movie for everyone to see, especially transgender youth who are feeling isolated or fearful and their families. It’s ridiculous to have an “R” rating which would prevent this audience from seeing the film.’GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis sent a letter to the MPAA condemning them for the R rating.

‘For over 50 years, transgender characters have been used as fodder in films where they were either psychopathic killers, deviant freaks, or pathetic victims. In GLAAD’s most recent report on the film industry, we counted just one transgender character in mainstream film in 2016 and that character existed simply to be laughed at and mocked,’ she said.

3 Generations is released on 5 May.