Katy Butler, a 16-year old from Ann Arbor, Mich., delivered more than 200,000 signatures to the Motion Picture Association of America on Wednesday urging them to change the rating of the documentary “Bully” to PG-13 so more young people can see it.
“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,” Butler wrote in her Change.org petition. “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.”
But shortly after Butler delivered the signatures the chairman of the Classification and Rating Administration of the MPAA said she “shares Katy’s goals of shining a light on the problem of bullying,” but that the rating will not change.
“Katy Butler’s efforts in bringing the issue of bullying to the forefront of a national discussion in the context of this film are commendable and we welcome the feedback about this movie’s rating,” Joan Graves said in a statement. “We hope that her efforts will fuel more discussion among educators, parents and children.”