“Bully” is a new film coming out soon that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools. The film follows the stories of 5 American families who have been profoundly affected by the bullying in school.
The Motion Picture Association of America has given an “R” rating to the film, mostly because of harsh language. 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.
The producers of the film are standing on principle; editing out the “harsh words” means the film wouldn’t be as powerful as it is because with those words comes all the difficult emotion behind it. It wouldn’t have the same baggage and it wouldn’t deliver the same message.
Katy Butler, a 17-year-old Michigan high school student, launched a campaign on the website change.org to have the MPAA rate the documentary PG-13, rather than R. She wants the rating changed so that people younger than 17 can see the film — and so that it can be screened in schools.
See Phil’s interview on WJLA-ABC7.
Sign Katy Butler’s petition on Change.Org.