Katy Butler knows how it feels to be bullied. When she was 12, four boys came up behind her. They called her names and shoved her into a wall — then they slammed a locker on her hand and broke her finger. “I held back tears while I watched them run away laughing,” she says. “I didn’t know what to do so I stood there, alone and afraid.”
So Katy, now in high school, was thrilled when she heard about a new documentary, Bully, that sheds light on America’s bullying epidemic. But the Motion Picture Association of America voted to give Bully an “R” rating by just one vote (because some of the bullies use coarse language). This means no one under the age of 17 can see the movie — and it can’t be screened in middle and high schools.
Katy thinks it’s ridiculous that the MPAA would prevent teens from seeing a movie that was made specifically to help them fight back against bullying.
So Katy started a petition on Change.org asking the MPAA to give Bully a PG-13 rating — and more than 300,000 have signed it. Click here to sign Katy’s petition now.
The response to Katy’s petition and the film has been amazing. Katy has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, CBS This Morning, and The Ellen Show. Celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Justin Bieber, Randy Jackson, Demi Lovato, and Drew Brees have spoken out while 29 members of Congress, led by Rep. Mike Honda, have expressed support for Katy and “Bully” as well.
However, the MPAA still hasn’t budged — they told Katy they need to be “consistent” in how they determine their ratings. But the MPAA has changed ratings of worthy films before. If more people sign Katy’s petition to keep up the pressure, they’ll see that it’s worth it to make an exception for a movie that could literally save lives.
Click here to sign Katy’s petition asking the MPAA to give Bully a PG-13 rating so the kids who most need to see it — bullying victims and bullies themselves — can do so.
Thanks for being a change-maker,
– Mark Anthony and the Change.org team