From the VidAngel to Disney+ choosing to omit certain things from their history, censorship of film is a bit of a hot topic. While I don’t agree with forced censorship or releasing an “edited” or “clean” version of films without permission, I do think that there are certain things people should be aware of when they are watching films and I do think that they right to skip certain scenes that they don’t want to see for their own personal reasons. No one is entitled to know someone else’s reason for not wanting to see a certain part of a film. Introducing…Content and Trigger Warning Guides: a new series posting every Wednesday exclusively on samanthabairdfreelance.com.
These guides will be posted for films with MPAA ratings of PG13 or R and will include the following content and trigger warnings: Nudity, Blood, Graphic Violence, Abuse (Sexual, Physical, Verbal, Child, Domestic, Drug/Alcohol, Animal), Miscarriage/Abortion, Self-Harm/Suicide, Eating Disorders, Slurs (Racist, Sexist, Homophobic), and Intense War Scenes. This may sound a bit like the parent guides that IMDb releases for films, but what is different here is that these guides will include not only the fact that there is this content or these triggers in the film but where exactly they take place in the film and what major plot points you may miss by skipping that scene. That being said, these guides will include spoilers.
You may be wondering, “Sam’s a theatre person, why is she getting herself involved with film?” Great question! I am a theatre person, by career, but watching films was (and is) a huge part of my life and my family when I was growing up. Besides just simply enjoying films myself, my brother is a filmmaker and is going to school right now to learn more about how to perfect his craft. The purpose of these guides is to continue to allow filmmakers and artists (like my brother) to create and share their work without forced censorship, while allowing viewers the opportunity to self-censor sensitive content if desired. There are so many films that I want to see, but can’t (for personal reasons). These guides are made for people like me, and you, and everyone who wants the big picture of the film but may be adversely affected by content or triggers in the film.
The first guide will be released next Wednesday. Enjoy!