When Paramount handed Mean Girls over to the MPAA for the scores board to choose how the movie must be ranked, they attempted to slap the teenager funny with an R ranking, if you can think it. And the studio needed to resist to make sure that the designated audience for the motion picture might really head out and see it. “Even in the PG-13 movie, we had to take a lot of things out. We had a tough time with the MPAA,” Fey informed Variety in 2018. “I remember thinking, If this was a movie about a boys’ school, ‘Is your cherry popped?’ wouldn’t have to come out.” That line was changed with the much tamer “Is your muffin buttered?” Not whatever was a concession on the filmmakers’ end, nevertheless.
“The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vaginal area. The scores board stated, ‘We can’t offer you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We wound up playing the card that the scores board was sexist, due to the fact that Anchorman had actually simply come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, which was PG-13,” Waters told Vulture. “We informed them, ‘You’re just stating this due to the fact that it’s a lady, and she’s discussing a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to state this is limiting to an audience of ladies is demeaning to all females.’ And they ultimately needed to pull back.”