Anti-Bullying Documentary Receives PG-13 Rating
“Bully”, a new documentary about bullied children and teens in the US, now bears a new PG-13 rating following much controversy. The documentary, aimed to raise awareness about the pervasive bullying epidemic, was initially branded with an R rating due to expletiveusage and profanity. However, many believed the restricted rating would cause “Bully” to miss its prime target audience—youth aged 17 and under. The controversy sparked debate and protests across the nation, launching a viral petition that drew almost 500,000 signatures and garnered the attention and support of celebrities such as Johnny Depp and Ellen DeGeneres. After minor edits to the movie, the MPAA ultimately reversed the rating of “Bully” and changed it to PG-13. “Bully” is open in select theatres now, and will open nationwide on April 13.