“We have to look at the internet because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds and their minds are being formed,” President Trump said in a meeting with state lawmakers on Thursday. “We have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing and how they’re seeing it. And also video games. I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts.”
Hearing it more and more? From whom? When does the President of the United States shoot the breeze with people about video games?
Anyway, it’s not just video games, you know. “You see these movies, they’re so violent,” he added. “And yet a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved. And maybe they have to put a rating system for that.” [Emphasis added]
The MPAA has been rating movies since before Donald took over The Trump Organization
It’s difficult to unpack all the stupid here. I mean, a ratings system? For movies? Who would ever have thought of such a thing? I mean, besides the Motion Picture Association of America, which has been rating movies based both on sex and violence since 1968?
And what’s with this idea that kids can see movies “if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved?” What kind of conversation is that?
“Junior, what movie are you going to see?”
“It’s going to be great, Mom. It’s called ‘Bullet to the Brain IV: The Splattering.’ “
“Is sex involved?”
“No. Just killing.”
“Okay, kid. Have fun. If only they’d rate these movies…”
The Entertainment Software Rating Board has been assigning ratings to video games since 1994
I suppose that’s too much to ask of this president, who worries that it’s all “a whole very complicated, very big deal” because of “you are having movies come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else.” Also Hamlet, which has been around since the turn of the 17th Century. [Spoiler: Everyone dies at the end with lots of blood and swords, but no guns, and no sex, really, either, unless you think Hamlet’s hot for his own mom. Which is kind of ick.]
It’s dumb enough when politicians try to pretend that gun violence is a creation of the cinema or the game console, but when that dippy canard is mixed with a colossal level of ignorance, it’s even more insulting to the nation’s intelligence.