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PETITION to have the R-Rating for "BULLY" changed to a PG-13 Rating!

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Why This Is Important

I’m speaking out for all those students who suffer every day at school.

When I was in 7th grade, a few guys came up behind me while putting my books in my locker. They called me names and asked me why I even bothered to show my face at school because no one liked me. I ignored them because I was scared of what else they might say and who else they might tell if I stood up to them. When I went to shut my locker, they pushed me against the wall. Then they slammed my locker shut on my hand, breaking my fourth finger. I held back tears while I watched them run away laughing. I didn’t know what to do so I stood there, alone and afraid.

I just heard that the Motion Picture Association of America has given an “R” rating to “Bully” -- a new film coming out soon that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools. Because of the R rating, most kids won’t get to see this film. No one under 17 will be allowed to see the movie, and the film won’t be allowed to be screened in American middle schools or high schools.

I can’t believe the MPAA is blocking millions of teenagers from seeing a movie that could change -- and, in some cases, save -- their lives. 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?

If enough people speak out and ask the MPAA to give Bully a PG-13 rating, maybe we can get them to change their minds. Will you sign my petition to the MPAA asking for a PG-13 rating instead of an R?

From what I understand, the MPAA ruled by ONE vote that Bully deserves an R-rating because of “language,” robbing many teenagers of the chance to view a film that could change their lives, and help reduce violence in schools. This makes me really mad. It means that a film documenting the abuse that millions of kids experience through bullying won’t be seen by the audience that needs to see it the most: middle school students and high school students.

Please sign my petition and demand that the MPAA give “Bully” a PG-13 so this important film can be seen by as many kids and adults as possible.

Katy Butler, Michigan high school student

P.S.: You can learn more about the movie on Facebook and Twitter.

Originally posted to Hyde Park Johnny on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 09:04 PM PDT.

Also republished by Milk Men And Women, Angry Gays, Progressive Hippie, and Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group.

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Comment Preferences

  •  This film not Yet Rated (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Horace Boothroyd III

    -- well ... not the film You are talking about, but rather the film bythat very title

    Want to find out just how ridiculous film ratings actually are ... and the bizarrely arcane process of rating ... check out ... This Film Not Yet Rated

    "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

    by josephk on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 09:09:57 PM PDT

  •  PARENTS WAKE UP! (0+ / 0-)

    Movies should be able to show whatever they like to your children... how dare parents disrespect the rights of Lions Gate!

    Parents wake up!

    Your kids should be able to see anything in the movies that Lions Gate shows them!

    •  Gold star (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Donkey Hotey, rmx2630

      For childish, shallow sarcasm.

      Your kids can see any amount of stuff already that would curl your hair. But if you've done your job as a parent, they won't want to.

      "Given the fact of servitude, the feudal relationship is the only tolerable one." (George Orwell)

      by sagesource on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 09:53:07 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  GOLD STAR: THE STORY OF SARCASM! (0+ / 0-)

        Is that an upcoming Lions Gate film, and can my kids see it?

      •  And the specific stuff in this documentary (0+ / 0-)

        are things that were done and said on school grounds by real kids under 17.

        It's all things someone attending middle or high school could be exposed to in the lunchroom and hallways.

        If people want to go all Think Of The Children!!!! about this, they really ought to consider the children who live it before trying to protect the kids who might watch a film about it.

        Hearing a few bad words in a movie would have been a LOT less damaging than a whole list of things my classmates said to or about me over the years.

        Hearing a few recorded words the adults have issues with has to be better than being told everyone would like it if you just didn't come back ever again and not having the teacher shush the entire class that was saying that, which happened to me.

        Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

        by Cassandra Waites on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 11:11:19 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  So the people who need to see it (5+ / 0-)

    CAN see it.  Tipped and recced, and when did everybody get so damn literal and cynical that this seems like a BAD idea?

    Economic Left/Right: -6.00, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.31 All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 10:13:56 PM PDT

  •  As is children don't use bag language (0+ / 0-)

    every day.  The obscenity is that the bullying happens to children, not that they talk about it.

    "If you defeat a thousand opponents, you still have a thousand opponents. If you change a thousand minds, you have a thousand allies"

    by Donkey Hotey on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 10:59:52 PM PDT

  •  What kind of language? (0+ / 0-)
  •  why is this film trying to go the commercial route (0+ / 0-)

    if the rating board won't give it a better rating, bypass them by pulling this from the movie theaters and going straight to Video with a stop on some cable network like HBO or MTV first...  and then a national campaign to SHOW THIS FILM IN SCHOOLS, with guest lecturers to hold discussions afterwards.

    IF the intent is to get as many people to see this as possible why even bother with a commercial run and the rating board?

    "Orwell was an optimist"

    by KnotIookin on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 03:30:05 AM PDT

  •  Bullies are winning, have been (0+ / 0-)

    For the entire rotten Reagan era.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 04:19:09 AM PDT

  •  The film can be edited too. I hope the Weinstein's (0+ / 0-)

    aren't totally against that route, either. It happens more often than many might realize....knowing film A will do better as R instead of NC17, Film B will do better as PG-13 instead of R, etc.

    Today, strive to be the person you want to be.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 04:19:30 AM PDT

  •  There was a story about this in the Philly papers (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cassandra Waites

    Tjhe city wants to show the movie in the School District.  Can't do so as long as the movie is rated R.  Movie is rated R because the word "fuck" is used 5 times.  

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 05:02:37 AM PDT

  •  I saw robert denero's penis on tv when I was a kid (0+ / 0-)

    That was when they put the Deerhunter on uncut.  I am pretty sure it was Robert DeNero but I was pretty young.  I heard the f-bomb at least a hundred times when Saving Private Ryan was on tv.  If they could put both of those works of fiction on tv because of the importance of their message then they can put this on tv.  It is the truth and it's message is more important!

    That passed by; this can, too. - Deor

    by stevie avebury on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 07:30:49 AM PDT

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