On March 30th, the documentary Bully opens in theaters. The subject is the epidemic of bullying in American schools, and the movie is meant to raise awareness, especially among teenagers, about the very real and often tragic affect of bullying on young people. However, due to "adult language," the MPAA has given the film a R rating, making it more difficult for teens to see it. When 17-year-old Katy Butler heard about this, she decided to take action. As a victim of bullying, she started a petition in which she states:
"I can’t believe the MPAA is blocking millions of teenagers from seeing a movie that could change -- and, in some cases, save -- their lives. According to the film’s website, over 13 million kids will be bullied this year alone. Think of how many of these kids could benefit from seeing this film, especially if it is shown in schools?"
Katy, we couldn't agree more. She also received tons of celebrity support (watch her on Ellen Degeneres!). Unfortunately, the MPAA denied Katy's petition to change Bully's rating to PG-13, but her activism for what she believes in raised the profile of the film even more, and that really shows how one person can make a difference.