Cameron Diaz Has A Point — Why Did Teens Vote On R-Rated Movies Like 'Bad Teacher' For The Teen Choice Awards?

Mon, August 8, 2011 1:31pm EDT by 5 Comments

Most of the teens who voted for the nominated films like ‘The Hangover Part II,’ ‘Black Swan,’ ‘No Strings Attached,’ and ‘Bridesmaids,’ weren’t even supposed to see these movies!

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the Teen Choice Awards last night, BUT it was pretty obvious that some of the films and TV shows that these so-called “teens” were voting on were not necessarily age appropriate. Come on, what 13 or 14-year-old should be watching Black Swan or True Blood?! Even Bieber‘s barely allowed! 

I know we live in different times and yes, I was known to sneak into R-rated movies when I was 15 or 16, but isn’t it common sense for the people who come up with these nominees to leave out the films and shows that not ALL teens can even see? Like Cameron Diaz said, “this is the TEEN Choice Awards,” not the Golden Globes!

Cameron won for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy for her role in Bad Teacher, which is — believe it or not — rated R!

“I want to address first, because this is the Teen Choice Awards and since Bad Teacher is a rated R movie, I just want to thank all the 17 and 18-year-olds who supported this film,” Cameron sarcastically said in her acceptance speech. “And I want to thank all the parents who pre-screened the movie of course for their children under the age of 17… cause we know that children under the age of 17 never, ever sneak into an R-rated movie, right?”

Although she was obviously joking, Cameron was also making a point. If 13 to 16-year-olds (more than half of the teen population) can’t see R-rated movies, then why are they being nominated in the first place? There’s a reason for PG-13, people!

Teen Choice winnersBlack Swan (Choice Movie and Actress: Drama), No Strings Attached (Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy), Bad Teacher (Choice Movie Actor, Actress and Movie: Comedy) and The Hangover Part II (Choice Movie: Hissy Fit) are all Rated R movies. And so are nominees like Bridesmaids, Due Date, Scream 4, Saw 3D, and the TV-MA rated HBO show True Blood.

“No children under the age of 12 were harmed making this movie, at least physically,” Cameron added at the end of her speech, “Emotional damage I cannot take responsibility for. I just want to thank you guys for giving an F.”

How is it fair for these films to be nominated when only 17 to 19-year-olds can ACTUALLY see them? Share your thoughts!


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