The Decline of Censorship
Scores of United States citizens consider censorship a solution to maintaining the safety of the public. On the contrary, many consider censorship to be an unreasonable restriction to their constitutional right as a citizen of the United States. According to the first amendment of the constitution, the government cannot interfere or dictate with what we see, read, speak, or hear. Starting as early as 1909, this has been an impending issue for the filming industry. Controversy on whether or not censorship of certain films should be enforced or permitted has caused the filming industry to have constant outlook and consideration to the ever-changing society over the last century. Censorship of films, over time, has almost but dissipated to a point where it seems it doesn’t even exist anymore. The purpose of censorship of films in today’s society is to protect the industry and comfort the people wanting to believe that there is a blockade to what their children can and cannot view.
The motion picture production code office first established the censorship of films in the early 1900s, stating that the censorship was put into place to protect its people from the influence of evil and immoral depictions. The censorship code itself was arranged by Catholics with rules such as: “No picture shall be produced which will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience shall never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin”, and “There must be no scenes at any time showing law-enforcing officers dying at the hands of criminals". In addition to, the picture also forbade scenes of couples in bed and vulgarity, for instance: hell, tart, fanny, damn, and tom cat. In order for motion pictures to be passed with