Teen Campaigns To Get ‘R’ Rating Lowered On Bullying Documentary

SHERMAN OAKS (CBS) — A teenager is working to get the “R” rating lowered on a new documentary about bullying.

Katy Butler is scheduled to appear before the Motion Pictures Assn. of America (MPAA) Wednesday morning and deliver a petition with more than 200,000 signatures.

Butler, who is originally from Michigan, told CBS2/KCAL9’s Louisa Hodge the soon-to-be-released documentary titled “Bully” is one she can relate to.

That’s because Butler says she was verbally and even physically abused by her peers after coming out as a lesbian in middle school.

“I was bullied and harassed mostly every day in middle school and… I had my hand slammed in my locker and they ended up breaking my finger,” she said.

Butler says she feels strongly that this movie has the potential to help other kids realize that they aren’t alone… but there’s one problem.

“How many 13-year-old kids want to see a movie with their mom and dad,” she says.

According to MPAA — which issues movie ratings — the adult language in the film requires parental or adult supervision.

“I think the language is part of the message. I mean, the language that’s in this movie is the language that kids hear every day in school,” Butler said.

With the help of an organization called change.org, Butler started a petition.

In a little over a week, she had more than 200,000 signatures from around the country and the world.

“It just feels unreal that I’m able to do this. I have the opportunity to come and present my opinion and the opinion of over 200,000 people to the MPAA,” she said.

The movie is set to be released on March 30.


One Comment

  1. null says:

    I don’t think I have ever seen anything where including “adult language” is even remotely useful. You have to be mighty young to think that it might be, it isn’t. They can bleep out the “adult language”, everyone is used to that.

    1. bob says:

      But that is the point, when you get cussed at and called dirty names that becomes part of the abuse in the movie that you want to depict

  2. Ross Ellis says:

    The language cannot be removed as thei impact of bullying will be lost. The film is very important and empowering and kudos to Katy Butler for being such a gret activist!

    We hope MPAA will change their minds. They really don’t get it and all due respect, their stance on the rating is wrong.

    When people see this film and se ehow incredibly cruel kids are, they’ll understand the entire issue much better. Every kid should see this film.

    Ross Ellis
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    STOMP Out Bullying

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