Petition Against Mpaa 'Bully' Rating Gets 400,000 Signatures


'Bully', a hard-hitting new documentary that examines the problems of bullying in schools, has been given an R rating by the MPAA, meaning many teens will be prevented from seeing it. The movie has been heralded as one of the most important films in recent years and the rating has resulted in an outcry from cinemagoers and celebrities alike.

According to USA Today, high school student Katy Butler was so incensed by the MPAA's decision that she began a petition to get the movie a PG-13 rating. Her petition immediately took off and has received over 400,000 signatures. Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and recent Oscar-winner Meryl Streep are just a couple of the celebrities who have opposed the rating, and talk show host Ellen Degeneres advocated a lower rating during a discussion on her show. The host told viewers, "Last month I got to see a new documentary that's coming out called Bully. It's an important movie for everyone to see, especially kids, but the problem is that's been giving an R rating.Having an R rating makes it difficult for everyone under 17 to see it.Also you can't show R rated movies in schools and that's exactly where it needs to be shown". In her petition, Katy Butler states, "According to the film's website, over 13 million kids will be bullied this year alone. Think of how many of these kids could benefit from seeing this film, especially if it is shown in schools?".

Bully has been produced by Lee Hirsch and Alicia Dwyer and is produced by HARVEY WEINSTEIN.


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As the leading anti-bullying organization in the country we are deeply disappointed that the MPAA has chosen to rate this movie R and won't budge on changing it, as they have with other films. Whatever their reason was for changing other ratings, they are not thinking about America's children on this one. And the Parents Television Council is taking the same stand. All of this says one thing -- these people are not taking the issue of bullying seriously. But -- we take it seriously, Lee Hirsch and Harvey Weinstein take it seriously, Katy Butler who was a victim of bullying and who created the petition takes it seriously, Johnny Depp, Ellen Degeneres and Meryl Streep take it seriously, Rep Mike Honda and other politicians take it seriously, the mothers who call our office every day in tears take it seriously, the fathers who don't know what to do to help their kids take it seriously, the over 100 kids who email us every week not knowing what to do take it seriously, the over 1600 students and the 49 we saved from suicide on our HelpChat line since June take it seriously, and the parents of all of the kids who took their lives as a result of bullying take it seriously.The fact that the MPAA is doing this sends a strong message to America's children --they don't take children's safety seriously and that is very sad. Children are who this movie is about. Children appear in the movie. The issue is about children of all ages. Children MUST see this film!Ross EllisFounder and Chief Executive OfficerSTOMP Out Bullyingstompoutbullying.org
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