Ellen Signs Bully Documentary Petition & MPAA Rating Controversy


Ellen: Bully Documentary

Ellen said she recently previewed the new documentary Bully. She said the film has an important message that needs to reach today’s kids. However, the MPAA has given the movie an R rating because of some mature language pertaining to bullying.

“It’s mature, but it’s not gratuitous. It’s in the movie because it’s part of the real story of bullying,” she said. “And it’s real language that bullies are using.”


Ellen Supports Bully Documentary

Ellen DeGeneres spoke out in support of the documentary Bully, and called for its rating to be changed so teens can see it.

Ellen pointed out that an R rating will make it harder for teens and young adults to see the film. Plus, teachers can’t screen R-rated movies for their classes.

Ellen Protests Bully Documentary R Rating

Ellen has joined a campaign to have the movie re-rated at PG-13. She said that the rating isn’t going to protect kids from language they’ve probably already heard in the halls at school.


Ellen said this movie has the potential to save the lives of bullied or suicidal teens. She is one of more than 200,000 people who have signed a petition to get the movie’s rating changed from R to PG-13.

You can get involved in trying to change the movie’s rating. Click here to find out more about the petition.

About The Bully Movie Documentary

Bully is a documentary that follows the lives of five students who are victimized in US high schools due to the ongoing bullying epidemic. It followed teens throughout the 2009-2010 school year to see the effects that constant bullying had on their everyday lives.

The documentary was directed by Lee Hirsch, who said he was inspired to tackle this topic because he had been a victim of bullying growing up. The film premiered in 2011 at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, and is coming to US theaters in spring 2012.

You can learn more about the film or find out how to get involved at thebullyproject.com.

MPAA & Movie Ratings Controversy

The Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, is the organization responsible for determining film ratings. Another documentary, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, exposed the arbitrary standards and whims of the people who make the rating decisions about the movies we see.

Bully Petition: Katie Butler, Michigan Student

Katie Butler, a Michigan high school student, started a petition to change the rating, and Ellen invited her to appear in her show’s audience. “I’m proud of you,” Ellen told Katie.


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