Those individuals who insist on editing movies [“Scrubbed to Death,” Nov. 4, City Weekly] to match their personal tastes are satisfying their emotional need for sex and violence while eliminating the language and images that do not fit their worldview. They are entertained by murder but do not want to watch the weapon hit its target. They enjoy scenes of sexual encounters but cannot tolerate nudity.
Sex and violence are common in TV shows, local TV news, advertising and video games.
All creative works invite the emotional participation of the viewer. We all add to the content of what we observe from our own imagination. Editing a movie is an admission that the content has created an emotional reaction strong enough to motivate a person to action. That alone is a creative success.
Purchasing a movie is a validation and approval of the movie, regardless of what is done to it after the sale. No amount of editing can change that.