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Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 8:32 a.m.

'Bully' crusader Katy Butler tells her story

By Cindy Heflin

Katy Butler, the Ann Arbor teen who crusaded to lower the rating on the documentary “Bully” from R to PG-13, tells her story in "The Daily Beast."

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Katy Butler

Butler talks about her best friend’s betrayal after, at age 12, Butler told her she was a lesbian. Butler says she was almost universally shunned and harassed after her friend told “the whole school.”

An online petition drive Butler started drew more than a half-million signatures.

Butler appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show and won support for her effort from Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

After Butler’s crusade, the Weintstein Co., which produced the movie, said it will release the movie with no rating at all.



Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 1:29 p.m.

@cinnabar7071: Re: "I wonder if she would feel bullied if someone put presure (sic) on her not to be a lesbian?" DUH! What do you think the movie is about?!!

Michael K.

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 5:36 a.m.

Yeah Katy! Represent! Our children are our future. Love, compassion, and evolution. Cheers!


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 6:18 p.m.

@ Lumberg: Why don't you watch the movie? That might answer some of your questions.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 4:33 p.m.

I wonder if she would feel bullied if someone put presure on her not to be a lesbian?


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 11:18 p.m.



Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 3:04 p.m.

*Insert anti-liberal comment which opposes the common view of the world held by the majority of Ann Arbor residents that also would most likely be deleted by the agenda driven blog organization that falsely labels themselves as news which loves to impede others and their right to express ones opinion.*


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 2:26 p.m.

At the risk of incurring the wrath of many I have to say this who cares? why is this news? is this about bullying or about a crusade to get a movie rating changed? they are NOT the same thing and this is a documentary and most will never see anyway - yet everyone has an opinion on its rating?????????? but since she is trying to get the rating changed I have questions -- how many of those who signed the petition saw the movie? If they did not, how could they possibly speak to the rating of the movie? And why is this such a big deal that she needs to be out to school pushing the movie i dont find her brave for her actions for changing the rating - I think she found a cause and people adopted it I honestly do not know why I read about her every day .....this happens every day but not all causes get adopted

Superior Twp voter

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 : 4:29 p.m.

Agreed. Who cares?


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

Its Ann Arbor Lumberg, this city will do anything to remain relevent in the liberal world. It just so happens bullying is a hot talking point right now so they have to cash-in and show we are the bench mark for left thinking 'open mindedness'.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 2:20 p.m.

Way to go! It's like if we get enough people to disagree with something, bring it to light, and run it down in public long enough we can make real change......... or be called bullies I guess it all depends on the issue.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 2:04 p.m.

Good for her. Problem is we have adults her bully everyday and no one reports on them.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:44 p.m.

way to go. i do not know you but i am proud of you. way to go. keep it up.

Anthony Clark

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:31 p.m.

What an awesome kid! You're a true inspiration, Katy.


Thu, Mar 29, 2012 : 1:16 p.m.

Another gutsy young lady from the local area. Outstanding!