This question may sound strange, but I thought I read that midrabannan it is forbidden to speak loshon hora about gentiles. And I thought that maybe it would be loshon hora on a director, even if it was a gentile, to say that his movie is, for example, rated R.

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    I don't know of any source that it is forbidden to speak loshon hora about gentiles. Regardless, many movie directors are Jewish, so your question might apply (assuming a mumar is subject to loshon hora, which isn't simple).
    – robev
    Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 15:38
  • May not be forbidden, but it is bad middos, isn’t it? And I thought the Torah wants us to work on our middot. So in that sense isn’t it better not to speak loshon hora about gentiles? Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 15:39
  • I don't disagree but it doesn't seem to be what the poskim say. In any event are you asking if one shouldn't say a movie is bad? Or that a movie is rated R? Those are different questions.
    – robev
    Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 15:41
  • I realize this may just be anxiety but I am worried that I may have spoken loshon hora by saying that a movie was rated R. Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 15:42
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/44678/… Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 15:56

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In Chofetz Chaim, a lesson a day it says:

It would seem that there is nothing derogatory about a statement of taste. To say, "I don't like dry wine," is a description of the speaker's preferences and not a critical evaluation of the wine. Ostensibly, then, one should be allowed to say that he does not like the oratory style of a given lecturer. In fact, however, such statements are generally prohibited, for they imply that the speaker lacks effectiveness.

  • Hey, I read that before! I read that book. Commented Mar 30, 2023 at 1:23

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