Ellen DeGeneres to Ann Arbor teen on 'Bully' petition: 'I'm proud of you'
Ann Arbor teen Katy Butler appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in Los Angeles Wednesday morning.
Cameras panned to Butler, who was seated in the audience, as the talk show host gave her own kudos for the documentary “Bully” and Butler’s online petition to the Motion Picture Association of America.
“I’m proud of you,” DeGeneres told Butler.
DeGeneres said she saw the film in February and believes the language in it is real language that real bullies use.
“I can tell you that the lessons the kids learn from this movie are more important than any words they might hear — and they are words they already know anyway,” she said on her show.
DeGeneres signed Butler’s petition and encouraged others to do the same.
The MPAA released a statement Wednesday evening in response to Butler’s petition. The statement defended the organization’s R rating of “Bully.”
Joan Graves, chairman of the Classification and Rating Administration, wrote:
“Katy Butler’s effort in bringing the issue of bullying to the forefront of a national discussion in the context of this new film is commendable, and we welcome the feedback about this movie’s rating,”
“The MPAA shares Katy’s goals of shining a light on the problem of bullying and we hope her efforts will fuel more discussion among educators, parents and children.
“The voluntary ratings system enables parents to make an informed decision about what content they allow their children to see in movies. The R rating and description of ‘some language’ for ‘Bully’ does not mean children cannot see the film.
“As with any movie, parents will decide if they want their children to see Bully. School districts, similarly, handle the determination of showing movies on a case-by-case basis and have their own guidelines for parental approval.
“The R rating is not a judgment on the value of any movie. The rating simply conveys to parents that a film has elements strong enough to require careful consideration before allowing their children to view it. Once advised, many parents may take their kids to see an R-rated film.”