You’ve probably heard a lot about the movie Bully: Some of your favorite stars, like Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber, were fighting to get it down to a PG-13 rating.
The movie examines the horrors and heartbreak of kids who are bullied in school–and as you’re probably well aware, bullying is a genuine epidemic. Bully sheds light on the fact that these punching bags are actually people, and that just going to school without getting hit is considered a victory for some of them. Seriously, imagine that for a second: your definition of a good day is just not getting beat up.
Getting a glimpse at scenarios like that may be what it takes to stop bullies from picking on people. It’s a huge step in remedying the issue. The problem is, since it’s rated R, though you may have heard about the movie, you can’t actually see it, and it won’t be able to be shown in schools (where it’s needed the most).
The MPAA insists it’s for the foul language used in the film, but we think that’s sort of a bunk argument. Considering that the movie was filmed in actual schools, does the MPAA really think you guys haven’t heard this kind of talk already?
Keep in mind that the MPAA thinks it’s okay for teens to see The Hunger Games–which, for the record, we totally heart–where kids are murdering each other. So it’s okay to kill, but not to curse, even if the coarse language may save a life or two? Pardon our abbreviated French, but wtf? Anyone else see a problem here?
Check out the trailer for Bully above, and click here to find out how you can stop bullying in your own school. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to make someone’s day a little brighter–or at least a little less dark. Also be sure to sign the petition to get Bully down to a PG-13 rating.
Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever stood up to a bully? Would you see Bully in theaters if you could? Sound off in the comments!