MPAA: Don’t let the bullies win! Give ‘Bully’ a PG-13 instead of an R rating!
  • Petitioned Elizabeth Kaltman

This petition was delivered to:

Vice President of Corporate Communications, MPAA
Elizabeth Kaltman
Press Assistant, MPAA
Allison Kreutzjans
CEO, Motion Picture Association of America
Chris Dodd
Vice President of Corporate Communications, MPAA
Howard Gantman
Head of the Classification and Rating Administration, MPAA
Joan Graves

MPAA: Don’t let the bullies win! Give ‘Bully’ a PG-13 instead of an R rating!

    1. Katy Butler
    2. Petition by

      Katy Butler

      Ann Arbor, MI

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April 2012

Victory

“Bully” will receive a “PG-13” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) after more than 500,000 people -- including 35 members of Congress and celebrities like Ellen Degeneres and Meryl Streep -- joined a Michigan high schooler’s campaign on Change.org. Katy Butler, a 17 year-old who was bullied in middle school, decided to launch the petition when she learned that the MPAA was sticking by its "R" rating of "Bully." Katy leveraged public petition deliveries and screenings to explain how this would prevent the target audience from seeing the film: bullies and bully victims.  “On behalf of the more than half a million supporters who joined me on Change.org in petitioning the MPAA, I want to express how grateful I am not only to the MPAA for lowering the rating without cutting a vital scene, but to all of the people who used their voices to put a national spotlight on this movie and its mission,” said Butler.

Read more at http://news.change.org/stories/bullied-high-schooler-convinces-mpaa-to-change-bully-rating-to-pg-13

I’m speaking out for all those students who suffer every day at school.

When I was in 7th grade, a few guys came up behind me while putting my books in my locker. They called me names and asked me why I even bothered to show my face at school because no one liked me. I ignored them because I was scared of what else they might say and who else they might tell if I stood up to them. When I went to shut my locker, they pushed me against the wall. Then they slammed my locker shut on my hand, breaking my fourth finger. I held back tears while I watched them run away laughing. I didn’t know what to do so I stood there, alone and afraid.

I just heard that the Motion Picture Association of America has given an “R” rating to “Bully” -- a new film coming out soon that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools. 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.

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?

If enough people speak out and ask the MPAA to give Bully a PG-13 rating, maybe we can get them to change their minds. Will you sign my petition to the MPAA asking for a PG-13 rating instead of an R?

From what I understand, the MPAA ruled by ONE vote that Bully deserves an R-rating because of “language,” robbing many teenagers of the chance to view a film that could change their lives, and help reduce violence in schools. This makes me really mad. It means that a film documenting the abuse that millions of kids experience through bullying won’t be seen by the audience that needs to see it the most: middle school students and high school students.

Please sign my petition and demand that the MPAA give “Bully” a PG-13 so this important film can be seen by as many kids and adults as possible.

Thanks!
Katy Butler, Michigan high school student

P.S.: You can learn more about the movie on Facebook and Twitter.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Bullied high schooler convinces MPAA to change ‘Bully’ rating to “PG-13”

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Director Lee Hirsch and The Weinstein Company have announced that the documentary “Bully” will receive a “PG-13” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) after more than 500,000 people, including 35 Members of Congress and...

    2. AMC will allow minors with permission; Cinemark won't show unrated doc

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Theater owners are taking sides. Some will allow "Bully" to be shown unrated, others will not. AMC will show the movie to minors with permission from parents. Cinemark will not show the film at all.

    3. 'Bully' Film Highlights Cockeyed Ratings System

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      The Washington Post discussed the limitations of the current MPAA ratings system and how "Bully's" R rating highlighted the issue.

    4. Katy Butler appeared on Anderson Cooper

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Katy Butler appeared on Anderson Cooper to discuss her campaign to lower the rating of "Bully" to PG-13. Watch her incredible interview at the link.

    5. Reached 500,000 signatures
    6. 13 Million Against Bullying: Take a Stand with Us!

      Katy Butler
      Petition Organizer

      Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year. Three million will be absent from school this month because of the emotional and physical toll of bullying. We can no longer remain silent while this epidemic rips through our schools and communities.

      Today, Anti-Bullying Twitter Tuesday, will you stand with Bully, and supporters across the Internet by adding your influential voice to speak out for millions of kids and joining the online campaign to raise awareness about bullying? It’s time to take a stand. Join the movement.

      Take a second to tweet or post to your Facebook the message below to help get #BullyMovie trending:

      13 million kids get bullied every year. Today take a stand with me and @BullyMovie http://bit.ly/wkgZxG #BullyMovie

      The Bully Project, the social-action campaign of Bully Movie, appreciates your support and thanks you with our retweet!

      Have a great day.

    7. “Bully” movie will be “unrated” after 475,000 petition MPAA to overturn “R”

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      The producers of "Bully" announced on Monday they will release the film "unrated" rather than with the "R" rating issued by the MPAA. 17-year-old Katy Butler gathered nearly 500,000 signatures on her Change.org petition urging the MPAA to lower the rating to PG-13 so people her age could see the film.

    8. Katy Butler Awarded GLAAD Special Recognition Award

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      This weekend Katy was presented with a GLAAD special recognition award by Harvey Weinstein!

    9. Katy Butler on Nightline!

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Katy Butler appeared on Nightline on Thursday to discuss her campaign on Change.org to urge the MPAA to lower the rating of "Bully" to PG-13. Check out her inspiring interview at the link.

    10. Famed Legal Duo David Boies & Ted Olson Lend Support to Fight Against MPA

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      In front of a high-profile audience including cohost Meryl Streep and legendary activist Billie Jean King, Boies stated, "How ridiculous and unfair and damaging it is to have a film of this power and importance that is being censored by a rating system that has got simply no rational basis. You can kill kids, you can maim them, you can torture them and still get a PG13 rating, but if they say a couple of bad words you blame them. I hope, for heaven's sake, that they find some rational basis before we have to sue them to revise the rating system."

    11. Katy Butler: A new voice against bullying

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      The Washington Post called Katy Butler "a new voice against bullying" in an article describing Katy's visit to Washington DC last week.

    12. Reelz: We talk to Katy Butler about her fight to get Bully a PG-13 rating

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Watch Katy Butler discuss her petition delivery to the MPAA on Reelz.

    13. Katy Butler Featured on CNN for Her Change.org Petition

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Katy was featured on CNN to talk about her petition on Change.org to lower the rating of "Bully" to PG-13 so those most impacted by bullying can see the film.

    14. Reached 400,000 signatures
    15. Harvey Weinstein to Present Special GLAAD Award to Katy Butler

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Amazing! Katy is going to receive a special award from GLAAD and Harvey Weinstein is going to present it!

    16. Katy on Fox 5 morning news

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Check out Katy Butler on Washington D.C.'s Fox 5 morning news!

    17. ‘Bully’ movie’s ‘R’ rating protested

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Incredible! Katy Butler's campaign to encourage the MPAA to lower the rating of "Bully" to PG-13 was featured in the Washington Post.

    18. Teen Comes To D.C. To Fight R Rating On 'Bully'

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Katy was on NPR's WAMU to discuss her campaign to encourage the MPAA to lower the rating of bully. Listen to her outstanding interview at the link.

    19. Reached 300,000 signatures
    20. "Bully" Director Lee Hirsch on Mitchell Reports

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Lee Hirsch was on Mitchell Reports to discuss his film "Bully" and the difficulties an R rating presents. He also praised Katy Butler for starting this petition on Change.org.

    21. Katy Butler on NBC Nightly News

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Katy appeared on NBC Nightly News to discuss her campaign. Video of her petition delivery of more than 200,000 signatures to the MPAA was also featured.

    22. Katy Butler appeared on MSNBC

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Katy Butler was on MSNBC to share her motivation for starting this petition, and why she thinks it is so important for the MPAA to lower the rating of "Bully" to PG-13. Katy said, "This is the language students are bullied with. No one is going into schools to censor the language students hear." Watch the video at the link.

    23. With Ellen DeGeneres and Drew Brees, Bully petition gets celebrity support

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Brees, Demi Lovato, and more than 20 Members of Congress announce support for Katy Butler's petition urging the MPAA to change the "R" rating for "Bully."

    24. Katy Butler to deliver more than 200,000 signatures to MPAA on Wednesday

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Katy Butler will be delivering 200,000 petition signatures to the MPAA's Los Angeles Office tomorrow. At the delivery, Katy will bring five boxes of petition signatures to give to the MPAA, urging them to reconsider their "R" rating for "Bully." The delivery will take place at 10:00am PT at:

      Motion Picture Association of America’s Office, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Building E, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    25. Reached 200,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

      • over 1 year ago

      been bullied and survived thank god !

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    • Linda JUrgens SASKATOON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I was bullied severely at school while in grades 4-10

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    • Kelly Moore HAZARD, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      Yay!! Congratz to everyone who stood up and had a voice in this fight. <3

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    • Diana Horta LOS BANOS, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This film should be required to be shown in Every school.

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    • JUDE ANNE GOSSIN UTICA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT I WANTED A PG-13 RATING FOR THIS MOVIE NOT A R RATING I AM NOT TOO SURE WHAT I SAID BUT IT MUST HAVE TAKEN A WRONG TURN. I HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF BULLYING SO I KNOW THE HORRORS OF IT. BULLIES ARE NEVER DISIPLINED AND WE ARE OFTEN TOLD TO FEEL SORRY FOR THE BULLIES. I DON'T. I HAVE NOT A PERFECT LIFE EITHER NEITHER DID THE VICTIMS OF BULLYING, BUT WE ARE NOT OUT THERE BULLYING SOMEONE.

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