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The MPAA rated “Dirty Computer” NC-17 for sexual content.

After being delayed from its original release date, Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer” finally hit theaters on April 27th. The sci-fi epic about a time when machines have overtaken the world and the last remaining humans are on the run was met with mixed reviews, but audiences seemed to be more interested in its rating than anything else. While many fans were surprised to see that it had been rated NC-17 by the MPAA, it was even more surprising to learn that the reason for this rating was sexual content.

Monáe has been very open about her sexuality in recent years, coming out as pansexual in 2017 and confirming her relationship with actress Tessa Thompson. However, Monáe is far from being alone in her depiction of queer relationships in cinema. Many movies have dealt with these issues in recent years and none of them have received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. So why did “Dirty Computer” receive this rating?

What is an NC-17 Rating?

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is responsible for creating a system that allows parents to decide whether or not their children should be allowed to watch certain films based on their age and maturity level. To do this, they use a letter system that rates films based on their content and context.

“Dirty Computer” earned an R rating.

  • “Dirty Computer” received an R rating for strong language.