Earlier this week a new teaser poster for the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was refused release by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), America's movie censors. The MPAA, which is well known for its prudery, rejected the poster because of Eva Green's boobs.
The image, which was already heavily Photoshopped, has now been altered even further, removing what the MPAA thought was Eva Green's nipple. The MPAA's original objection to the photo had been the "curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown." Regardless of whether a nipple/areola circle can actually be seen in the original, the newer image is clearly tamer:
Green's breast (or at least the dark black outline of her breast) has been made a bit less visible through the sheer robe she wears on the poster. This can be compared to the original, which is a bit more suggestive, though doesn't clearly feature any actual nudity:
The whole ridiculous episode has undoubtedly been great for Sin City's marketing, bit it also serves to highlight just how odd the MPAA's views are on sex and nudity. This is especially clear when juxtaposed with the severe violence routinely seen in movies and advertising in the U.S.
Even Eva Green herself managed to weigh in on the situation in a recent Vanity Fair interview. The actress pointed out that she is "not actually naked on the poster," referring to the original Sin City poster above. Green referred to the controversy as "a bit odd" and said, "It seems like it's all just publicity - a lot of noise for nothing. You have so many more violent things in the movie business and this is kind of soft. I'm not naked. It's suggested."
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will hit theaters on August 22. Green stars in the movie as Ava Lord, the woman referred to in the movie's title.