South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have won a censorship battle
with officials at the MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MPAA) after their
new puppet film was slapped with a "ridiculous" NC-17 rating.
The duo knew their new racy THUNDERBIRDS-type film Team America: WORLD
Police would be met with some opposition but they were outraged when MPAA
bosses came back with their harshest rating.
Parker reveals the censorship chiefs were most upset with one scene
showing two puppets making love and another featuring a puppet likeness of
United Nations weapons inspector DR HANS BLIX being eaten alive by North Korean
leader KIM JONG-IL's
Parker fumes he was particularly upset with censorship surrounding the sex
scene, because, in making the necessary cuts to get an R-rating, he and his
partner have turned the scene into a smutty love-making mess.
He says, "We just have a love-making scene, not a sex scene, where the two
puppets fall in love... They're not anatomically correct and we did the thing
that all kids do and the MPAA's like, 'Well, they can't do this.'"
Stone adds, "The puppets did make love for about three and half minutes,
now it's just a cheap one-night stand."