Bullying has become a fast spreading epidemic with 13 million kids being bullied in school each year.
This spring, The Weinstein Company, will release a documentary chronicling the real-life problem called "Bully".
There's just one problem the Motion Picture Association of America has given an "R" rating to "Bully". That means that no one under 17 will be allowed to see the movie and the film won't be shown in schools, where it needs to be seen the most.
The MPAA gave the documentary they rating because of curse words used. Never mind that's part of the story, and the real language that bullies are using.
A brave Michigan student, 17-year-old Katy Butler, who was once bullied herself for being a lesbian, has decided to fight the MPAA's rating. She has started an online petition and already has over 200,000 signatures to the studio.
The Weinstein Company, has already sought to have the R rating changed, but the Motion Picture Association of America has denied the appeal. The documentary is set to be released on March 30th.
According to Entertainment Weekly, so far the Weinstein Co. hasn't decided how to move forward with Bully, besides the decision to continue keeping pressure on the MPAA.
"We're contemplating all options right now regarding what's best for the movie," said Glasser. "In an ideal world, it'd be great if the MPAA would say, 'Look, they got the majority vote, and in context, [the film's language] is fine.' And then everybody goes on their way and we're able to get a very powerful movie out the door."
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Steve writes: when i was in junior high one of my neighborhhood friends was bullied...After gym class we all had to take showers in the boys locker room...i was dressing...my friend "accidently"had a erection in the community shower...the boys gave him hell about it endlessly....one morning getting ready for school i found out that my friend had hung himself in his families garage!!!still devastated on this whole gamut of events!!