MPAA made Seth Rogen remove pubes from a pita to get ‘Sausage Party’ an ‘R’ rating

The Seth Rogen co-written “Sausage Party” has been promoting itself as “the first R-rated CG animated movie.” But it might have been the first NC-17 CG animated movie, had its creators not agreed to remove pubic hair from a pita’s scrotum.

On Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show Monday, Rogen discussed what he and his colleagues had to do to escape the MPAA’s stamp of death. Among other things: Scale back plans to depict a pita (or a lavash, as he self-identifies in the movie) with a hairy scrotum during the movie’s spectacular eight-minute long orgy scene.

Via YouTube:

“We submitted it and we first got an NC-17 rating back. Our fear was that it would create this big negotiation process where we had to butcher the whole thing…we probably added six things into the orgy that we were like, okay, these are our sacrificial lambs, they are the chips that we’re willing to lose, and we lost like, an eighth of one of them.

There is a pita bread, and you see his ball sack in the end of the orgy, and it had hair on it, and they asked that we remove the hair from the pita bread’s ball sack. So we digitally shaved the pita bread’s ball sack and removed the hair from it.”

If you’re wondering how a pita can even have a ball sack, well, that’s a completely valid question, and one Howard Stern shares. I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that the movie leaves this rather open-ended.

[h/t Reddit]