Harvey Weinstein’s latest documentary “Bully” has been given an R rating due to its language, and the movie studio chairman has launched an active campaign — supported by the likes of Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp and First Lady Michelle Obama — to lower that age rating.
“I want every 13- and 14-year-old to be able to go to this movie by themselves, watch the effects of these kids who bully other kids and make their own minds up that that’s just uncool,” Weinstein told Piers Morgan. “This is important to me because I’ve heard too many stories about cyber-bullies from my [four] daughters.”
Weinstein is so upset with the film’s R classification that he threatened to pull his company, The Weinstein Co., from the Motion Picture Association of America, the organization behind our film-rating system. A statement released last week read, “As of today, The Weinstein Co. is considering a leave of absence for the foreseeable future. We respect the MPAA and their process, but feel this time it has just been a bridge too far.”
Joan Graves, the chairman of the Classification and Rating Administration, spoke in defense of the decision to give “Bully” an R rating. “Some parents may choose to take their kids to this movie and others may not, but it is their choice and not ours to make for them,” she said. “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… School districts, similarly, handle the determination of showing movies on a case-by-case basis and have their own guidelines for parental approval.”
Whose side are you on? Check out the “Bully” trailer below.