Kick-Ass Already Stiring Up Controversy

In the "this surprises no one" category, Fox News has taken issue with Hit Girl in the Kick-Ass movie.

Fans of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass comic book have been expecting controversy to break out over Kick-Ass, particularly regarding the 11 year old Hit-Girl character, an asskicking pre-teen girl who is not afraid to use foul language like the fuck-word or the cunt-word. Well, the movie hasn’t yet been released in the States, but Fox News is already offended, and afraid for the welfare of the actress who plays the role, Chloe Moretz, who was 11 during filming, currently 13.

Sparing no witnesses, Hit Girl (real name Mindy) shoots people with a handgun (while donning pigtails and a school uniform), strangles and sends samurai swords spearing into the stomachs of her older opponents. Hit Girl slaughters while outfitted in a full super-hero costume complete with Clara Bow wig.

The movie has already been deemed inappropriate for young children, so why is it appropriate that a young girl star as the savage super-hero?

According to Joanne Cantor, a professor at University of Wisconsin, who is attracted to young girls, the Hit Girl character could be detrimental to young children, who will have unfiltered access to the movie once the DVD comes out, as parents are known for giving kids unrestricted access to R-Rated movies:

“Seeing an attractive young girl playing such a violent role gives the message that this type of behavior (and language) is not outrageous. It makes it harder for parents to declare such behavior out-of-bounds when popular movies glorify it or make it humorous,” said Joanne Cantor, Professor of Communication Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison. “People may be able to understand that the movie is tongue-in-cheek, but that doesn’t necessarily undo the desensitizing effect of the movie. Younger children may not be able to see it in theaters, but when it comes out on DVD, children of all ages will have access to it — and young children have less capacity to discount what they see.”

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Posted originally: 2010-04-07 16:32:47

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