Why I Am Glad VidAngel Is Being Sued

When I heard that VidAngel — a Netflix-esque service that allows people to censor content they don’t like in movies (sex, violence, swearing, etc.) — was being sued, I was glad.

I don’t understand why services like VidAngel exist.

Why don’t I understand?

Because: If I wouldn’t watch a movie or show without editing out what I didn’t like, why would I watch that movie or show at all? Because I want to be “cool”? Because I want to be able to say “Hey! I watched that new episode of Game of Thrones”  even though I really didn’t?

I also just don’t like censorship. For two reasons:
1) I’ve been blocked from Christian movie Facebook pages, and Christian blogs, for criticizing them. (And they will know we are Christians by our love…)
2) I believe an artist’s vision is something to respect.

Are there movies I avoid like the plague because I don’t like their content, or think their content is gratuitous? Yea. For example: I’ll never watch The Human Centipede (2009).

I’m not going to censor the parts of The Human Centipede I won’t like in order to be able to sit down and watch it. I’m just going to ignore it. I’m going to let other people get whatever experience it is they wanted out of watching The Human Centipede, while I’m away from them just doing my own thing. As a wise sponge once said (in the episode “Just One Bite”):
“Not everyone has to like the same thing.”

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One of my favorite movie critics, Jeffrey Overstreet, said this about ClearPlay — another movie streaming service that lets you to censor a movie’s content — and I think his words apply to VidAngel:

Why should we show children movies that weren’t intended for them? There is a lifetime of good family movies available; let families spend time with those rather than settling for sorely compromised versions of movies that were intended for a different audience.

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With those words in mind here, in no particular order, are my “Movies That Every Parent Should Watch With Their Kids”:

Up (2009)
Finding Nemo (2003)
WALL-E (2008)
Ratatouille (2007)
Inside Out (2015)
The Incredibles (2004)
Monsters University (2013)
My Neighobr Totoro (1988)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Bambi (1942)
Tarzan (1999)

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4 thoughts on “Why I Am Glad VidAngel Is Being Sued

  1. I hope your views are the only acknowledged ones and that all other options are forced to be taken down from the internet. (Actually I enjoy freedom nevermind)

  2. The Incredibles has language in it that I don’t even want to hear, much less my kids (like taking the Lord’s name in vain). THAT is why I use services like ClearPlay and VidAngel. I am thankful for them…each parent should have the option to choose what they want their child (or themselves) exposed or not exposed to. I think it is awesome that someone offers this service for us!

    1. I guess I just don’t understand the appeal of VidAngel.

      If I was a parent, I would wait until my kids were old enough before showing them movies — like “The Incredibles” — that they wouldn’t be able to see when they were very young.

      There’s a lifetime of movies that are appropriate for the youngest kids. I don’t see the point in showing kids edited movies that they wouldn’t be allowed to watch un-edited.

      I think showing kids edited movies does more harm than good: It trains kids to think that if they don’t like something, they can just avoid it. But not all the ugliness in life can be avoided. There is no VidAngel version of real life.

      I would rather raise my kids to think carefully about whether a movie’s content serves a purpose or is just there for the sake of being there, rather than tell them to just avoid all ugly content.

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