Rango's Smoke Rings Light Up Controversy
Have you seen Rango yet?
We haven't, so I shouldn't really comment on it... but here I go.
There was an article in the Globe and Mail that detailed a controversy over the smoking in the animated kids' flick. Seems that some supporting and ugly characters smoke in the movie and that has raised the ire of some parents and the pediatrics associations in North America.
There are groups that are pressuring the movie ratings associations to give movies with smoking an R rating as a way to pressure the movie studios to erase cigarettes from filming.
Part of the impetus behind all this outcry is a study by researchers at Dartmouth College that showed there is a correlation between how many images of smoking that kids are exposed to and the likelihood of them picking up smoking.
Kids these days are exposed to a very few images of smoking at all compared to my generation. (Did Carol Brady smoke? I'm pretty sure Charo did). An expert in the Globe article posited that kids haven't been inoculated against smoking because of the lack of imagery in their lives.
My kids definitely hear a lot of negatives about smoking. When they see cigarettes on the ground they are shocked, they have even been known to ask people smoking outside of office buildings why they wanted to die early. To them, smoking is evil and I am pretty sure my son believes that one puff of a cigarette will kill you.
If we do see Rango, I will take the opportunity to discuss the smoking in the film and ask my kids some questions such as, why do you think the writers chose to make some of the bad guys smokers? But in the meantime I am wondering: why did Paramount allow smoking in a kids' film? It seems like the issue is a red herring in a chameleon suit.
Will you go see Rango? Does the fact that there is smoking in the film bother you?
Want more chaos? Last year I posted my recipe for homemade playdough.