Actress Evan Rachel Wood found something to be less than thankful for Wednesday as she took to her Twitter account to bemoan the final cut of her recent film, "Charlie Countryman."
Originally premiering at Sundance earlier in the year under the longer title "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," the film was released earlier this month. On Wednesday, in a series of nine messages posted to her Twitter account, Wood decried the way in which a sex scene had been edited in the final version, presumably to secure an R rating.
Edited together, Wood's message read:
"After seeing the new cut of 'Charlie Countryman,' I would like to share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a woman's sexuality once again. The scene where the two main characters make 'love' was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people 'uncomfortable,' but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered.
"This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex, especially when (gasp) the man isn't getting off as well! It's hard for me to believe that had the roles been reversed it still would have been cut or had the female character been raped it would have been cut. It's time for people to grow up. Accept that women are sexual beings. Accept that some men like pleasuring women. Accept that women don't have to just be [used] and say thank you. We are allowed and entitled to enjoy ourselves. It's time we put our foot down. Thanks for listening."
The film was directed by Fredrik Bond. Wood plays a Romanian cellist married to a gangster (Mads Mikkelsen); she falls for a young man (Shia LeBeouf) mourning the loss of his mother.
At the L.A. Times' Young Hollywood Panel in 2011, Wood spoke about how much she liked the directness of Twitter and how it allowed her to interact with fans and detractors alike. "You hear the bad stuff more than the good, and then all of a sudden there's all of these people every day who are like, 'I love you, and you're so inspirational.' It's nice to actually hear some of the good things sometimes," she said
The actress had used Twitter for a series of messages last summer to decry the treatment of children and families in the crossfire of paparazzi. After Wood's flurry of "Charlie Countryman" messages on Wednesday, it is unlikely she will be favorited by @MPAA anytime soon.
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