For as long as movies have existed, there’s been censorship. Whether it was as overt as the Hayes Code or as subtle as overdubbing coarse language for TV, efforts to make films more palatable for younger—or more easily offended—audiences are omnipresent in American culture. So maybe it shouldn’t come as any major surprise that Sony intends to re-release several of its classic films as “clean versions.” The project begins with 24 films according to THR, including:
Big Daddy, 50 First Dates, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, all of the Spider-Man movies and more serious fare such as Captain Phillips and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
And while it’s hard to imagine anything about The Amazing Spiderman films more offensive than just their existence, it’s also not clear what they’d really need to edit out. The graphic scene where Peter Parker ingests an entire spider sandwich? Apparently, when purchasing the “clean version,” viewers will receive whatever version was aired on TV during whatever syndication run these movies may have had.
As one might expect, not everybody is thrilled about Sony’s decision. Even more obvious, Seth Rogen is probably the angriest of all, tweeting his outrage to the world:
Rogen was the guiding force behind Sony’s infamous The Interview, which led to the studio getting hacked. Rogen also released last year’s absolutely filthy Sausage Party in an apparent effort to trick children into watching animated food perform graphic, lewd sexual acts.
None of the cleaned-up films currently include anything with Rogen, but if Sony is willing to whittle away the stark beauty of Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy, it’s obvious that no film is safe from their philistine meddling.