During a meeting on school safety today, President Donald Trump pointed to mature content in video games and movies as a potential cause of youth violence.
“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts,” said Trump (via CNN on Twitter). “And then you go the further step, and that’s the movies. You see these movies, and they’re so violent, and yet a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved, and maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”
The remark regarding a rating system for movies suggests that Trump may be unaware of the existence of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and its rating system of G, PG, R, and NC-17, which has been in use since November of 1968. (The PG-13 rating was added in 1984.) It’s possible Trump was suggesting a government-run rating system to replace the MPAA, and potentially the ESRB, which rates video games.