Hey, remember that new teaser trailer that was posted last week for Kevin Smith’s upcoming movie Zack and Miri Make a Porno? Well apparently they were asked to pull it off of the Quick Stop Entertainment website by the MPAA, because it had not been approved beforehand. Plus they weren’t big fans of the, shall we say, “suggestive” language being used in the trailer.
What gives the MPAA the right to police the internet, you might ask? Well, despite the fact that Kevin Smith has been cutting his own web-exclusive trailers for his movies for years, he is no longer an independent filmmaker. The movie is being produced by The Weinstein Company, who are a “signatory” of the MPAA, which means that all of their marketing materials must go through them first (even on the web). That’s just the way it goes. There are certain standards that they try to uphold, and in recent years they’ve become even more strict about enforcing this after the disturbing public billboards that were created for the torture porn flick Captivity. I’m sure you’ll still be able to find the video in question elsewhere around the web anyway, but if you ask me, I think the MPAA are doing Smith a favour… that teaser was pretty lame in the first place!