Harvey Weinstein Bully Rating

March 8, 2012 by staff 

Harvey Weinstein Bully Rating, Bully is a film exposing the epidemic of bullying and a tool to help put an end to the emotional, psychological and physical violence that nearly 13 million children suffer in schools and their community every year. But the people behind Bully are feeling bullied themselves, by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) which wants to give the film an “R” rating.

Supporters of the film, including movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, are protesting the R rating, because the restricted rating means Bully could not be screened in U.S. middle and high schools, where it could be a tool to stop bullying. The film by director Lee Hirsch was rated “R” by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) because it includes profanity in some schoolyard scenes in which students are shown tormenting others. An R-rated film means that anyone under the age of 17 would need a parent or adult guardian to accompany them to see the film.

Weinstein and the director are seeking a PG-13 rating so that younger viewers can see the film. There is currently a petition called MPAA: Don’t let bullies win! Give ‘Bully’ a PG-13 instead of an R rating! that states:

Dear MPAA:

Your decision, by one vote, to issue an “R” rating for the film “Bully” is wrong. It will prevent millions of teenagers from seeing a film that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools.

This film has the potential to change the world and change the culture of violence in many schools. But your decision to give this movie an R means that the people who need to see this movie the most — teenagers who are either bullying their peers or suffering from violence and torment at the hands of bullies — won’t get to see this film. Nor will this film be allowed to be shown at middle schools and high schools in this country.

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