LOS ANGELES -- Katy Butler, a bullied high school student from Michigan, will deliver more than 221,000 petition signatures to the Motion Picture Association of America on Wednesday, urging the MPAA to lower the rating of the anti-bullying documentary “Bully” from “R” to “PG-13.”
The documentary is the work of award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch and is being distributed by the Weinstein Company.
Butler, who is leading the campaign on Change.org, says that the MPAA’s R-rating of “Bully” will prevent middle school and high school students from seeing the movie, especially bully victims and bullies themselves.
“The MPAA ruled by one vote that ‘Bully’ deserves an ‘R’ rating, robbing many teenagers of the chance to view a film that could change their lives and help reduce violence in schools,” Butler said.
“More than 200,000 people have joined my campaign calling on the MPAA to change the rating on ‘Bully,’ sending a loud and clear message that this film should be seen by all. Together, we’re calling on the MPAA not to silence the issue of bullying,” she said.
Butler’s own experience with school bullying, including having her finger broken in the seventh grade by bullies, led her to start the campaign on Change.org to pressure the MPAA to change the rating of the film.
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