Monday, March 28, 2016

Purple Hays

Movie morals this snot would protect
And the sordid could not go unchecked
Just one sniff of the lewd
And this stiff came unglued
Hayes deplored that which got him erect.

Namesake of the Hays Code, Will Hays was the official censor of American films, the first president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) (1922–45). The MPPDA adopted the code in 1930, began enforcing it in 1934, and (as the MPAA) abandoned it in 1968, in favor of the subsequent rating system. The enforcement of the Code in 1934 ended the early talkie period of racy product, films which are now called "pre-code".