Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Teaser Pulled by the MPAA!
by Alex Billington
June 6, 2008
Remember that short, hilarious teaser trailer for Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno? Well the MPAA went ape shit and forced them to take it down. I never even knew it happened because I'd watched it a couple of times and had no need to revisit it. Smith mentions on his site News Askew that "the MPAA called and said we had to take it down." The reason? "Weinstein Co. (like most studios) is a signatory of the MPAA. As such, there are protocols involving trailers that we failed to follow." What a load of crap that is! My guess is this isn't the first MPAA incident involving Zack and Miri Make a Porno we'll see this year.
Kevin Smith goes on to explain that they never submitted the teaser trailer to the MPAA because they assumed since there was no real footage they didn't need to. And we all know what happens when you assume. Unfortunately since the vulgar content of this trailer would earn it a red band rating, they were not allowed to keep it up because there is no way to check the age of those who are watching it. Are you kidding me?! It wasn't that bad! Smith explains that this is the first time something like this has happened.
Turns out all promotional material for any film financed/distributed by a signatory of the MPAA has to be signed-off on by the MPAA - including internet-only materials. I never realized this, as it'd never been a problem in the past: we've been doing 'net-only teasers since "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" and nobody ever raised a red flag before (not even on the last flick, for which we also put up two 'net-only teasers in advance of the rated trailer). But I guess since the teaser was so, shall we say, racy… a rating was in order.
Oddly, the trailer still works for me over in our post. Smith says that Quick Stop Entertainment had to take down the trailer from their site for the time being and plans to get it back up as soon as the MPAA does approve the trailer. Now this is some serious bullshit here! I've learned to ignore some of the MPAA's insane decisions, but they've really gone too far! Sure the trailer wasn't for the inexperienced or immature by any means, but on the internet there is no way to restrict the age of viewers. What a shame!
Given the title of this movie contains the word "porno" and is literally about two friends who decide to make a porn movie, it's been under intense scrutiny since the start. I'm sure this isn't the last we'll hear of the MPAA clamping down on Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Not only that, but I'm sure we'll see activists and religious kooks alike come out of the woodwork when it actually hits theaters in October to protest its vulgar nature and obscene content. Oh the world we live in…