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Bully - US congress members support petition

The Weinsteins mobilize politicians against rating

With the controversy surrounding the rating for The Bully Project, the Weinstein brothers have thrown themselves in yet another fight with the MPAA. A dispute that outdoes the last uproar they caused when their film The King's Speech got an R rating for similar language reasons.

The discussions about the docu addressing mobbing among US schoolchilden, which got an R rating for coarse language, seem endless and did not stop even when the MPAA seemingly put an end to the debate by sticking to the "R" in the appeal hearing, as well. In order to be able to show the film in schools, a PG-13 rating is necessary. It comes as no surprise that the Weinsteins are infuriated by the MPAA's ruling.

In the meantime, a schoolgirl started a petition that has been signed by 275.000 people as of yet. Now, it seems that it has gotten even more substantial backing by 20 members of US congress, who also demand to change the rating for The Bully Project. Their statement reads:

We are writing to express our sincere disappointment in the MPAA’s decision to issue an ‘R’ rating for the soon-to-be-released documentary Bully. This important project shows the real life anguish of many teenagers in this country who are tormented, harassed, and bullied by their peers. This truth should be shared with as wide an audience as is appropriate and possible. We believe an R-rating excludes the very audience for whom this film is desperately important.

It will remain interesting if this remarkable movement against the MPAA's decision actually changes anything. Will the MPAA rethink their ruling and give in, making The Bully Project a PG-13 movie after all?

Release: Mar 16, 2012 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: HollywoodReporter

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