Major television networks are refusing to air commercials for pro-life film “Unplanned,” which tells the story of a former Planned Parenthood director who left the organization after witnessing the horrors of abortion firsthand.
The film made its debut Friday in over 1,000 theaters nationwide, but networks outside of Fox News don’t want their viewers to see the movie’s advertisements.
Marketers for “Unplanned” told The Hollywood Reporter that networks are denying their attempts to buy air time because of the film’s “sensitive nature.”
The marketers have been denied by the Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, HGTV, Food Network, Hallmark Channel and USA Network.
John Sullivan, a producer for “Unplanned,” explained that they are looking to spend money on air time, but networks are refusing to do business with them.
“We were looking to spend money, but they didn’t want to get involved,” Sullivan said.
Another producer for the film, Joe Knopp, explained that networks are refusing “Unplanned” on the basis of its “political” nature.
“Most of the networks didn’t go into detail beyond citing the subject matter of the film and that they didn’t want to get into politics. But we don’t believe we’re in the political category,” Knopp said.
It’s abundantly clear that “Unplanned” isn’t being refused because it’s too “political” or “sensitive” — networks wouldn’t have a problem airing a commercial for a film that portrays Planned Parenthood favorably.
As an example, Lifetime, which refused to air commercials for “Unplanned,” previously published a pro-abortion interview with Scarlett Johansson.
This was just the latest obstacle for the film. The film also has complications stemming from its “R” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.
The film’s unjustified “R” rating for “some disturbing/bloody images” makes marketing even more difficult.
“Marketing Unplanned has been an uphill battle for a few months now, since the MPAA saddled the film with an R rating, which filmmakers say will chase away a key demographic: Christians,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Indeed, Up TV cited the R rating when it also rejected the commercial, as did several Christian radio channels that also refused to air ads for Unplanned.”
The MPAA only found issues with three scenes that address abortion — the film has no profanity, nudity, violence, or drug abuse, according to an earlier report by The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s obvious that the establishment media doesn’t want people to see “Unplanned” because they are scared of what the film reveals about abortion and Planned Parenthood.
The media can try to stop people from viewing commercials for the film, but they can’t stop people from sharing the trailer and showtimes on social media.
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