Friday, September 22, 2017

Sarah Weeks, Contributor Author, So B. It
Does Hollywood Have A Bias Against Films Portraying Disability?
The MPAA cited “thematic elements” in its rating decision for So B. It.

Sex, violence, bad language and drugs. These are things the MPAA film rating system is designed to protect young moviegoers against. So, imagine my dismay when So B. It, a feature film based on a novel of mine by the same name, was given a PG-13 rating.

There’s no sex, violence, bad language or drug use in the film. True, a few sad things happen along the way, including the death of a loved one, but the overall message is uplifting. So B. It is a celebration of family – in this case, a family that includes a number of people with disabilities.

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In theaters October 6

I’ve been writing books for young readers for almost 30 years and So B. It is one of my most popular novels. The book, which is for ages ten and up, won the 2004 Parent’s Gold Choice Award.

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The reason given for the PG-13 rating was “thematic elements.” What I find curious is that most of the scenes the panel cited focus on characters dealing with their disabilities.

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