Top Stories

Thousands Petition to Overturn 'Bully' R Rating

Thousands Petition to Overturn 'Bully' R Rating

Should Lee Hirsch‘s documentary Bully be rated PG-13 instead of R?

More than 100,000 people think so and have signed an online petition urging the Motion Picture Association of America to change its rating – so that the demographic who needs to see the film can actually watch it.

“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?” Katy Butler, the Michigan high school student who started the petition, says on its website.

The National Association of Theatre Owners has since fired back and even threatened to urge its members to consider the film – which centers around the challenges faced by high school kids who suffer from incessant teasing – NC-17.

FYI: New statistics show that every seven minutes, someone is bullied on school grounds. Nearly 18 million children are bullied each year – that’s 1 out of 4 teens, and 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school and online.

For more info and to watch the film’s trailer, check out TheBullyProject.com. You can also sign the petition at Change.org.

Like Just Jared on Facebook
Posted to: Bully

JJ Links Around The Web

Getty
  • Five highlights from Kate and William's big day- US Weekly
  • Gigi Hadid's dad has some rules for Cody Simpson- TMZ
  • Watch Wiz Khalifa perform on Saturday Night Live- Gossip Cop
  • Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens are the cutest besties- Just Jared Jr
  • How Floyd Mayweather got ready for his big fight- Radar
  • Stories you've probably never heard about Friends- Huffington Post
  • Eddie Redmayne is totally swoonworthy at the airport- Lainey Gossip
  • Dances With Wolves screenwriter passes away at 69- The Hollywood Reporter
A Member of Townsquare Entertainment News | Advertise here