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Michael Moore lashes out at MPAA after losing ratings appeal for Where to Invade Next

Filmmaker says organization is ‘afraid’ of ‘truth’

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Michael Moore had some sharp words for the Motion Picture Association of America after losing his appeal to overturn the R rating given to his new documentary Where to Invade Next.

“What are they afraid of? Sex, Drugs, Truth,” Moore said on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, after the appeals board of the Classifications and Ratings Administration upheld its rating for “language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.”

Moore, who has clashed with the MPAA in the past, noted that Where to Invade Next is his sixth documentary to receive an R rating. The film, which opens later this month, is described as a comedy that follows the director “invading” other countries to gather ideas and inspiration for how the U.S. could improve.

Moore added, “When they gave Bowling for Columbine an R, they didn’t want ‘teens to see images of school shootings.’ 13 yrs later, that’s worked out well.”

Referring to the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday, Moore concluded, “I don’t want 2 talk about this today. Down the road from the MPAA are 35 ppl shot.That should be our focus. I’ll make my real appeal 2 u Mon.”