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YouTube user calls for 'PG-13' version of 'Deadpool' to satisfy younger audiences

By Daniel Uria   |   Updated Jan. 19, 2016 at 6:05 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A YouTube user has launched a petition requesting that a PG-13 version of the upcoming superhero film Deadpool be released to accompany the original R-rated cut.

Grace Randolph posted the petition to change.org after a fan of her YouTube channel sent a letter from her eight-year-old son begging her to let him watch the film, starring Ryan Reynolds.

The petition is accompanied by a video where Randolph outlines the reasons the young boy believes he should be able to watch the film, including promises to keep his room clean and cover his eyes when asked.

With an 'R' rating, though, the film may contain scenes inappropriate for a young child -- which is why the petition seeks a more family-friendly 'PG-13' designation.

"If there was a PG-13 version he could, and his mom Kristina could be a superhero rather than a super-villain," the petition states.

Deadpool officially received an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America for "strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity" -- themes not typically included in a superhero film from Marvel Comics.

Many fans of the comic book hero had been hoping the film would get an 'R' rating, largely out of a stated desire to remain true to the source material. In some cases, it has even become a point of pride for those involved in the making of the film.

In fact, 20th Century Fox, the film's U.S. distributor, has even released "red band" trailers in addition to the traditional "green band" previews. "Red band" trailers differ in the fact they are not "approved for all audiences," as "green band" trailers are.

Deadpool has also caused controversy in China, where censorship authorities denied theaters the right to show the film due to what they deemed excessive offensive content.

Randolph's petition had received more than 3,300 signatures by midday Tuesday, but the chances of getting a 'PG-13' version appear unlikely. The film's director, Tim Miller, has insisted the film will not shy away from the "obscene" nature of the comic book source material.

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