Last month, we reported on the growing celebrity campaign to drop the rating of Harvey Weinstein’s “Bully” documentary from R so that teens can see it by themselves; in the weeks since, more celebrities and even industry CEOs are supporting this rally.
Gerry Lopez, the CEO of AMC Entertainment, issued a statement expressing support for Weinstein and “Bully.” “To automatically default ‘Bully’ is a mistake,” he said. “Automatic default to a rating… is a mistake. The message, the movie and its social relevance defy that kind of formulaic, conventional thinking. AMC will show this movie, and we invite our guests to engagein the dialogue its relevant message will inevitably provoke.”
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer have joined the rally, signing on to cohost a New York City screening of “Bully.” Justin Bieber recently promised via Twitter to help the Weinstein Co. in any way possible. And Tommy Hilfiger is even designing a “Bully”-inspired shirt for his stores to raise funds for the Facing History and Ourselves organization.
Do you think “Bully” should retail its R rating due to the foul language used, or should the Motion Picture Association of America acknowledge the context and implications of the film and grant it a lower rating?