Public Outcry Helps Win “Bully” Ratings Battle

In a shocking turn of events, the MPAA has overturned their initial rating of the crucial and pivotal documentary “Bully”. The Weinstein Company has agreed to remove 3 instances of the use of the “F” word in order to hand down the R rating. A key bully scene however, which was at the center of the rating dispute has agreed to be left in and uncut.

As many of our readers know we have backed The Weinstein Company and their fight for this films ability to be seen by as many people as possible. This new turn of events will happily allow many to do that and hopefully opens many eyes to the disgrace that the rating system CAN be. We know many of you were key in helping us voice our and your opinion in this case and we would like to formally say thank you and thank you to all those who helped fight for this cause. So many times outcries and fights like this go unwon, but today we can say to everyone who voiced their feelings, “We won”!!

Thank you to all our readers and be sure to spread the word that the films rating has changed and encourage everyone who has, has had, will have, loves,works with and appreciates children to see this film and hopefully this wave of difference making can continue on a much larger level.

9 thoughts on “Public Outcry Helps Win “Bully” Ratings Battle”

  1. I don’t really see how the filmmakers removing the curse words in order to get a PG-13 is winning the battle. That is simply giving in to the demands of the censors, something that they could have done from the start. It’s hard to comprehend how young people hearing the offending word two or three times is okay, but hearing it a few more times in context with what is happening on screen will somehow damage them.

    1. it’s more the very real and hard to watch bullying scenes being kept in that wins the battle. But you are right a few more times of a word that is a big part of bullying isn’t a pure victory. But I do view it as a start to a break in the ratings system which is like a dictaorship on it’s own

  2. It doesn’t sound like it was a complete victory since they did have to make cuts. Wasn’t the battle from the very beginning about the number of F-words in the movie? Unless they are still over that original number I don’t see it as a complete turn around for the MPAA.

    But the important thing is that kids are able to see it now, so that’s a good thing.

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  4. A great thing has happened here. I posted about this topic this morning, for all who wish to read. I think the ratings system is in dire need of reform, and i think we are approaching the time when there won’t just be 5 or 6 ratings, but an age-appropriateness spectrum. Much fairer and more sensible in my mind, and would prevent mistakes like the ratings of Bully or Titanic from happeneing again

  5. I really agree with this post, though the ‘F’ word would have lowered the meter for me wanting to go see it, I still would have ignored it. But I am glad they have removed for the sake of a good movie.

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