Once again, the ever-vigilant House of
Representatives has passed a bill (the Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act) containing a provision that
will bring any movie "that contains a simulated sex scene...under the same government-filing requirements that
adult films have to meet." Were the bill to pass the Senate, it would require movie studios to file an affidavit
with the government for each simulated sex scene, listing the names and ages of the actors who appear. When the films
appeared on DVD, each one would feature a sticker, certifying that the movie complied with the filing laws, and giving
information about where the affidavits could be found. While the reason for such a system regulating pornography is
abundantly clear, applying it to the simulated sex scenes found in mainstream film and television seems like an
outrageous overreach, not to mention a massive waste of time (someone, after all, is going have to fill out all those
forms). In addition, the measure has drawn protests from the MPAA (!) and SAG, among others, who feel that the proposed
regulation "is a bad idea for legitimate business and could actually undo the current adult-film industry reporting
requirements as it is likely to face a court challenge if it becomes law."
When the House passed a
similar bill last year, the presence of a hate crimes element made it difficult to deal with, and the measure never
came up in the Senate; there is no such element in this bill.