Parents Television Council likes 'Bully' rating, despite Ann Arbor teen's efforts
Ann Arbor teen Katy Butler’s petition urging the film-ratings board to overturn the R rating it gave to the documentary "Bully" has garnered more than 250,000 signatures, but at least one organization is OK with the rating.
The group said its position is based on the language reportedly used in the film. The MPAA also cited language as the reason for the rating.
The council called for increased public involvement in the ratings process.
Butler has received national attention for her Change.org petition. The 17-year-old, who identifies as a lesbian, endured harsh name-calling, shoving and tormenting while in middle school at Ann Arbor Public Schools. She also said bullies slammed her finger in her locker, breaking her finger.
In the past week and a half as notoriety of Butler’s petition grew, the number of signatures skyrocketed from 89,000 to more than 269,000 (as of Friday afternoon).
Butler, who is now a junior at Greenhills School, traveled to the MPAA’s office outside of Los Angeles Wednesday to deliver her petition in person. She also appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where the comedian/talk show host praised Butler’s efforts.
Later Wednesday, the MPAA released a statement defending the organization’s rating of the movie. The statement can be found here.
To read previous AnnArbor.com coverage of Butler’s efforts, or to watch a preview of “Bully,” click here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.