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The Vatican didn't love it, why should any of the country???

Moviegoers in Italy are pissed because James Cameron's mega-hit, Avatar, was given an "unrestricted access rating", meaning anyone could go and see it - even little kids.

It certainly isn't a G-rated flick here!

Now, several groups, including Italian children's advocacy organization AGE and parent's group Moige, are protesting to have the film's rating increased to exclude young eyes from seeing the flick without their parents.

Furthermore, the debate over Avatar's rating in Italy has sparked an inquiry into changing the entire ratings system to reflect Americas.

Well, if you are all going to overreact like this, then maybe it should!

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60 comments to “Italy Protests Avatar!”



  1. 1

    Perez…I guiltily read your site and will probably never comment again. But There is NO restriction on age in the US until you reach the R rating. Technically a 1 year old can buy a ticket to a PG-13 film. End of story…so unless you think Avatar should be R-rated..



  2. 2

    Why do you proceed to try to pick on this movie…what did it do to you? I love that when it first came out you declared it a failure…what a douche!



  3. 3

    wel. i think it should since it has a freaky ALIEN sex! its inappropriate for minors.



  4. 4

    Vatican City is a separate country from Italy.



  5. 5

    The Vatican is its own country. Fail.



  6. 6

    is there violence or something? i havent actually seen this yet (il wait til the hype dies down) what is the big deal about this? i thought it was just blue people with an environmental message?



  7. 7

    Better to have movie certification guidelines for parents, to help them make an informed decision, then ruining the original movie with too much censorship and editing.

    Some countries are more lenient on sexual content where others are more lenient on violence, all depends on where it is.

    Here's what they have in Italy now according to wikipedia:

    T: All ages admitted; still, sometimes parental guidance is advised.
    VM14: Nobody under the age of 14 allowed. The movie is likely to contain either strong sexual content or very strong violence.
    VM18: Adults only. Pornographic/explicit depiction of sex and/or extreme violence and gore.

    The Motion Picture Association of America gives much better guidelines for parents.

    In Canada where I live it's done by region. But quite similar to the US rating system. Where I am though, Restricted is the same as NC-17.



  8. 8

    Perezzzy Baby - LICK ME….LOL I'm not into this movie Avatar, but…I would like a puzzy lap…



  9. 9

    I dont like this movie - — I find NO interest! AT ALL…i'D rather ….ummm…?



  10. 10

    Wtf is ur problem with other people doing good?



  11. 11

    Vatican City is a different country from Italy. Idiot.
    Have you even seen Avatar?!



  12. 12

    it had like 2 curse words n it like fore real everyone curses n their parents curse around them



  13. 13

    Dang….I thought for sure I had something to say…..guess not……?



  14. 14

    the movie isnt even that bad..people got to chill



  15. 15

    Vatican is NOT Italy. It is a country by itself, that's why it's called Vatican you know…
    besides…if kids want to watch the smurfs meet pocahontas, they can just do that instead of wasting money to watch this 3 hours long shit

  16. taday says – reply to this


    16

    seriously italy??!! serious??!! dudeeeee some people need to get a freaking life! it's a MOVIE!!! and it's an ANIMATION!! GO FUCKEN GET a life! geeze!

  17. anouk says – reply to this


    17

    allí en (Norte) America se os da bastante mal la geografía, supongo, no?
    a ver cuando los yankis aprendeis un poco del viejo mundo, ese de donde salen el 75% de las culturas..

    Vaticano es un país propio, no una ciudad italiana!



  18. 18

    damn, people will find a reason to bitch about ANYTHING



  19. 19

    You fail at geography… Is there anything you're actually good at? Lord knows it's not spelling, grammar, fashion, music, films… and the list goes on…



  20. 20

    Well, I live in Italy and haven't seen or heard or read anything about this, so a storm in a cup of water Perez…



  21. 21

    ………….The Vatican?……LOL……WHO CARES?……



  22. 22

    I live in Italy. I just want to say that even if the Vatican is a separate country from Italy, the Vatican has a huge influence in what happen in Italy. Sometimes it seems that Vatican City and Italy are not so separate.



  23. 23

    Well Perez,you must be the only one that heard about this.i'm Italian and I haven't heard anything,nor my husband or friends.Still,this is a movie with a lot of serious topics and I don't think is really suitable for children under at least 9,10 years old.A child that age will kind of understand,with the proper explanation,but younger children shouldn't see this movie,imo.Anyway,the vatican is crap.



  24. 24

    So a parents group put out a statement that they would like a blockbuster re-assesed for another age rating. Big deal. They probably do that every time there is a blockbuster popular with kids and adults and everyone usually ignores them. Besides, given the history of violence in Italy throughout the ages it seems slightly suspect that these groups are suddenly concerned with this American science-fiction film. Let's all forget the glorification of legionaries, gladiators, Caesars, etc and worry about the danger of children watching an action movie with blue protagonists. Foggedaboudit!



  25. 25

    Anything that denounces the church is considered to be a 'problem' for the vatican.

    Here's the real problem:

    For the past 2010 years, our entire civilization has been plagued by this 'idea' of an entity known as 'god'. The plague is a perfect description as with any form of power, comes those who try to control or influence it.

    The church has had the ability, for over 2000 years, to do this; until science has broken the actual 'silence' to increase public awareness of how ridiculous the entire plague really is.

    When it comes down to it, the Vatican has revised their writings over 100 times in the last 10 years for 1 reason: they are LOSING control. What other society has it's own country?

    When it comes down to it, we are far to inferrior to understand, or even begin to contemplete, the idea of a 'god' or the 'afterlife'. Life is too short to be spent worrying (i.e. praying) about such stressors.

    Here's what I get a kick out of: If you were a god, would you charish and embrace those that 'worship' you only because they believe they will be given a leg up, or would you care less as they are all grouped as one entity - a stupid species which thrives on genocide?

    You decide. Personally, avatar opens up the realm of just how much potential we 'as humans bound by no religion' have. The vatican will not stop this …and can you blame them? How many open-atheists are here now? 25%? 45%?

  26. Fosca says – reply to this


    26

    BLOODY HELL! ITALY IS NOT VATICAN!
    A lot of italian are terribly pissed off for having the pope at home.
    we already have to hold this democracy's plague and we don't deserve even to be identified as vaticans instead of italians!
    DO YOU WANT THE POPE IN USA?
    I'LL PAY HIS TICKET!

  27. Fosca says – reply to this


    27

    Re: taday – this is a fake news.
    this is a small group of fanatic christian parents and the news isn't even on italian newspapers.
    i'm wondering why perez follows it. he's becoming a bad source of information



  28. 28

    Mario doesn't approve of Avatar because there were no gay characters in it.



  29. 29

    I'm Italian, I live in Milan, I never heard anything about this stupid news, PLEASE! maybe is running in vatican city but not in Italy.



  30. 30

    Perez, you are one bitter and twisted talentless fat fuck. You just hate on things for NO reason…You have no talent, no looks, no manners and no class. Your real cummupence is coming..the Will I Am thing was just an appetiser..you will get your just deserts, karma will see to that.

    You are a despicable excuse for a human being. I feel very, very sorry for you.



  31. 31

    Perez, you are one bitter and twisted talentless fat fuck. You just hate on things for NO reason…You have no talent, no looks, no manners and no class. Your real cummupence is coming..the Will I Am thing was just an appetiser..you will get your just deserts, karma will see to that.

    You are a despicable excuse for a human being. I feel very, very sorry for you…..



  32. 32

    you should also mention that Avatar made Italy's history, becoming the most grossing opening weekend ever for a movie here! Anyway Mario, your ignorance shows more and more everyday…



  33. 33

    Hey there, Perez… I'm from Naples, Italy… let me just tell you that the Vatican is always complaining over everything in Italy… from the MacDonald's to the great Brands… from too long nails to a bad cooked pasta… don't care about that… I'll watch tonight the movie and I will let you know tomorrow what the italian magazines are saying… (Great blog!)…



  34. 34

    Hey there, Perez… I'm from Naples, Italy… let me just tell you that the Vatican is always complaining over everything in Italy… from the MacDonald's to the great Brands… from too long nails to a bad cooked pasta… don't care about that… I'll watch tonight the movie and I will let you know tomorrow what the italian magazines are saying… (Great blog!)…



  35. 35

    Italy: The country that gave us the greasy wops on Jersey Shore



  36. 36

    LOL at your continued ignorance. No wonder GossipCop has such an easy time pointing out all your errors. It's no wonder the rest of the world think Americans know nothing outside of their own borders when assholes like you post this blatant geographical mistake. Ugly, alone and ignorant. It's no surprise that you still live with Mommy.



  37. 37

    Does anyone except the blind uneducated still care what a bunch of rich molestors and homos (No offense) that are completely out of touch of the modern world stuffing themselves with lobster and prime rib care about anything?



  38. 38

    They are not upset with the movie. They are upset with their countries rating system. I would assume that this is not the whole country it is probably just one group. Why do you have to make such a big deal out of nothing all the time. But if you think kids under 13 are not seeing this movie you are wrong. A movie does not make this kind of money with out kids seeing it. The American rating system is bull shit anyway.



  39. 39

    Re: Trailer Trash says … – watch your mouth, darling!!!!!!!!!

  40. Maio says – reply to this


    40

    But it is clear that the Vatican will protest because the people have Na'Vi worship nature like a religao Africa. Vatican loves repress and lie to people. I hate this religion.



  41. 41

    you c0uld barely see the aliens hav sex.. people jus lik to overreat over lil shit.. fxcking get over it…



  42. 42

    There is no reason this movie should be banned by any age. My 4 year old went and LOVED it. There was no nudity and very little bad language. It was just plain awesome. Italy should be more concerned with their nude statues all over the place than this tame movie.



  43. 43

    Re: Trailer Trash says … – Wow, a lot of people are going to be angry at that comment…
    That's like blaming Ireland for 5th generation Irish Americans - parading around like morons in green proclaiming "I'm Irish!!!". No, you're not Irish, dumbass.



  44. 44

    Anybody with any common sense would not take young children to see it. I was a bit surprised over the sexual nature of some of the commercial that preceded the movie.



  45. 45

    Who cares what the POPE thinks, and yes perez what your problem with this movie, I suppose if Lady GaGa was in it you would be falling all over it….



  46. 46

    Re: YouSuckAtLife – lol..lawdy



  47. 47

    Italians walk around naked in front of their children but don't approve of this movie — - thats pretty funny. However - truth be told if this is really going on its most likely just a few qroups that aren't happy about the movie and they are making their voice heard. Much like they do in this country the media has taken it and BLOWN it out of proportion.



  48. 48

    Re: Serena Loves Mario – For your record I'm not even anything but American because at least my family is all white being english, scottish, polish, sweden and dutch but theres no irish there. Now I'm going to go pop another beer to salute you irish folks



  49. 49

    From GossipCop: Earlier today Gossip Cop reported that James Cameron’s Avatar had won the box office for a fifth consecutive weekend, which it did. While Avatar ceded Friday (narrowly) to The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington as a post-apocalyptic hero, actual box office results handed another big weekend at the #1 spot to the reigning sci-fi phenomenon. Too bad Perez Hilton can’t quit his habit of copying and pasting stories before he even reads them. Yes, the blogger once again goes light on facts and late on “news,” breathlessly posting, “Eli Kicks Avatar Off It’s (sic) High Horse,” and going on to claim, “if the numbers remain consistent throughout the weekend,” The Book of Eli would beat Avatar for the top spot.
    Oops.
    Just to reiterate: After everyone else named Avatar #1 based on Friday through Sunday numbers, Perez used Friday numbers to declare that Avatar’s reign had finally ended.
    Again, oops.

  50. theD says – reply to this


    50

    LOOK ITALY- there are sooooooooooo many LARGER problems in this world to bitch about. If u people don't want your freaky kids to go see the damn movie then why don't u try stepping up and being parents???!!!!!???

    Go view the movie…. make a decision and then shut the fuck up!



  51. 51

    vatican isnt part of italy, its the smallest country in the world or something like that



  52. 52

    OK Italy but who is taking the children to and paying for the movie????



  53. 53

    the ratings system is totally currupt indie movies are always rated accurately and sometimes too harshly if its controversal subject matter while big budget hollywood movies always get a lower rating then they should (dark knight springs to mind among many others) to ensure as big a box office take as possible so are the ratings board on the take? or is is just preassure from the studios that make them cave in



  54. 54

    Wow - you just wanna bring this movie down? Give up loser - its a hit! Really, what is so risque in this movie - sex? hardly. Maybe a bit violent - but there's alot worse out there.



  55. 55

    Wow, whatever happened to good old fashioned parenting.
    Seems like people like to blame 'society' on ruining their precious children.
    Maybe it would help if parents actually took an interest in their childrens lives and then they wouldn't have to worry so much about what they are doing when not supervised.

    Just supervise your children. I am not taking any movie reviews from the Vatican seriously. They can continue skewing messages from the bible as they see fit but should leave the film industry alone.

    People are mental. Avatar is a MOVIE…it is ENTERTAINMENT….and the ticket sales alone show how successful it is.

    Why doesn't the VATICAN spend more time doing something about PRIESTS WHO MOLEST CHILDREN instead of relocating them!!! They should let the experts like Roger & Ebert do the movie reviews.



  56. 56

    Italy worried about ratings? Are you kidding? I moved to Italy 6 months ago. My kids' schoolbus passes at least 30 prostitutes on the way to school each morning. Also, the billboards are so risque that we had to hold a sex ed class at our dinner table with our first grader the second day we were here. Don't get me started on violence, we witnessed our first mafia shootout the week we arrived.



  57. 57

    Perez WTF is wrong with having a rating on a movie???? It certainly shouldn't have NO rating at all.
    PS: the nation of Italy does not give a sh*t about your uneducated hypocritical opinions. Please criticize countries from which you hail or in which you live. You criticize Italy A LOT and it's sickening. You should go there so you can try to learn not to be such an ignorant fatass.



  58. 58

    Your headline is sensationalizing and inaccurate. Your article says they are protesting the movie's rating or lack thereof, not the actual movie.

    You are retarded.



  59. 59

    Yo! My first perez blog! everyone should chill with the hate vibe. as a parent i was also shocked of the sex scene which was not unlike the image of the late great Marlon Brando in the last tango of Paris where he is in the same sex position with a woman(homage?). It doesnt matter if they are blue and 10ft tall, (which might i add is how tall some humans were 100's of years ago, blue=Hindu idols?). I don't mind seeing it as an adult, but to be tricked into showing my 9 year old blue people fornicating and also sneakily taking my money at the same time. ahem! its bang out of order! certification people should change their rating/raters, its sex! Cameron is also a genius, i love his films, terminator 1 +2, aliens, abyss, actually even titanic, although it also contained graphic sex. Mr Cameron sort it out man! If you want to have a 12A or a low rating then please dont have sex or nudity in these films. save that for the 18's, add a nice pair or more in an 18 if you must. all you people hating probably do not have children of your own yet. aah, now i feel better, to get that off my chest, thanks mr hilton



  60. 60

    Maybe you are all unable to read.THIS IS SHIT.IT'S NOT TRUE.THE ONLY PERSON THAT HEARD OF THIS THING IS PEREZ,BECAUSE ALL THE ITALIANS THAT POSTED HERE NEVER HEARD ABOUT IT.Maybe in caps you will be able to read.Or it's too difficult for you?Or maybe you just want some lame excuse to bitch about a country,just because.Grow up,everybody,it's about time.