Thursday, September 28, 2000

Some locals support film regulation

By Mike Pulfer and Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        If the film industry was expecting a supportive voice from parents, it might want to listen for it outside the Tristate.

        Diane Niemeyer of Mason said Wednesday afternoon the movie industry has overexposed children to violence, and that movie violence is suggestive. “I don't like to see violence in movies. ... They seem to be telling us what to do.”

        Amy Fuller of Edgewood wouldn't mind a little government intervention to curb the movie industry.

        “I don't think that's any different than cigarette advertising,” she says. “I know my (four) kids are pretty naive when it comes to violence because I keep them pretty sheltered. I think other parents should be doing the same thing. Since we can't count on that, I think there should be some legislation.”

        Kathy Doherty of White Oak has been an advocate of more stringent film industry marketing standards for years.

        “It's appalling some of the things kids see at the movie theaters,” she said.

        Anne Griffiths, a Western Hills mother of two and office manager for a child-psychiatry group, said she wants the movie industry to change its marketing approach. “The ads are very suggestive and very sexualized. I wish they wouldn't run their ads during prime-time (television) shows, which they do all the time.”

        “There are some movies I would love to take the children to — like Topsy Turvey (the story of Gilbert & Sullivan), but it had a very sexualized scene in a brothel ... a very suggestive scene.”

        Nancy Cedillo welcomes restrictions on movie makers and marketers, but she doesn't think the industry is totally to blame for kids' exposure to violence.

        “To sound old-fashioned, it's kind of the breakdown of everything — the family and the values a community should hold,” the Sharonville mother of three said. “It's a whole breakdown of values. The movie industry is just going along with it.”


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