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Bully! Weinsteins can't stop the MPAA from taunting them with R-rating

02.24.2012

The Weintein Company recently got mad at the MPAA for slamming its anti-bullying doc BULLY with an R-Rating, effectively banning it from the kids who should see it most. The reason for the rating is of course foul language- you can't have bullying without some cursing, after all. But the Weinstein Company has decided not to take the rating standing down and Harvey released the following statement, calling upon the power of celebrity:

As of today, The Weinstein Company is considering a leave of absence from the MPAA for the foreseeable future. We respect the MPAA and their process but feel this time it has just been a bridge too far.

 

I have been through many of these appeals, but this one vote loss is a huge blow to me personally. Alex Libby gave an impassioned plea and eloquently defended the need for kids to be able to see this movie on their own, not with their parents, because that is the only way to truly make a change.

With school-age children of my own, I know this is a crucial issue and school districts across the U.S. have responded in kind. The Cincinnati school district signed on to bus 40,000 of their students to the movie – but because the appeals board retained the R rating, the school district will have to cancel those plans.

I personally am going to ask celebrities and personalities worldwide, from Lady Gaga (who has a foundation of her own) to the Duchess of Cambridge (who was a victim of bullying and donated wedding proceeds) to First Lady Michelle Obama (whose foundation has reached out to us as well), to take a stand with me in eradicating bullying and getting the youth into see this movie without restriction.

 

Of course, one big issue with this statement is that the Weinstein Company isn't a member of the MPAA, so who knows what that MPAA thing means- possibly that they'll release all their next films unrated? We'll see how that works for them.

The MPAA mulled over it and then released this statement, in which it stands by its decision.

 

“Bullying is a serious issue and is a subject that parents should discuss with their children. The MPAA agrees with the Weinstein Company that Bully can serve as a vehicle for such important discussions.

The MPAA also has the responsibility, however, to acknowledge and represent the strong feedback from parents throughout the country who want to be informed about content in movies, including language.

The rating and rating descriptor of ‘some language,’ indicate to parents that this movie contains certain language. With that, 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. 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. Once advised, many parents may take their kids to see an R-rated film. School districts, similarly, handle the determination of showing movies on a case-by-case basis and have their own guidelines for parental approval.”

That's from Joan Graves, chair of the association’s Classification and Rating Administration. Now that the film seems locked into the rating, the only question now is if TWC will release it with the rating, or without. 

Source: Deadline

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3:04AM on 04/12/2012
But tits in Pg-13 Titanic is OK, wait, whaaaat?!?! Don't give me "it was tasteful," argument! Kids can't hear foul language, but watch a whore spread out for a dude after knowing him a day. Ha! I liked Titanic and much of that was sarcasm, but still, a PG 13 rating....
But tits in Pg-13 Titanic is OK, wait, whaaaat?!?! Don't give me "it was tasteful," argument! Kids can't hear foul language, but watch a whore spread out for a dude after knowing him a day. Ha! I liked Titanic and much of that was sarcasm, but still, a PG 13 rating....
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8:27AM on 02/27/2012
Bowling for Columbine was a movie that should have been viewed for America's youth, and it had no problem making bank. As I've stated on another article, the PG13 vs R argument by movie execs is just an excuse to cover up that movie execs don't know how to market a movie. If they feel that the rating isn't just, then direct parents to kidsinmind.com in marketing the movie and let them decide for themselves.
Bowling for Columbine was a movie that should have been viewed for America's youth, and it had no problem making bank. As I've stated on another article, the PG13 vs R argument by movie execs is just an excuse to cover up that movie execs don't know how to market a movie. If they feel that the rating isn't just, then direct parents to kidsinmind.com in marketing the movie and let them decide for themselves.
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1:10AM on 02/27/2012
To all bully's out there: The one's you bully usually grow up to be your future bosses, and the leaders of this world! I think movies like this should be made mandatory viewing material in EVERY school on Earth! If the MPAA doesn't wanna take the R rating off, then when it's available on dvd it's our responsibility to have our children sit down and watch it with us. Kids can be very cruel. This looks like a great film!
To all bully's out there: The one's you bully usually grow up to be your future bosses, and the leaders of this world! I think movies like this should be made mandatory viewing material in EVERY school on Earth! If the MPAA doesn't wanna take the R rating off, then when it's available on dvd it's our responsibility to have our children sit down and watch it with us. Kids can be very cruel. This looks like a great film!
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10:48AM on 02/25/2012

Ratings

Film ratings are nonsense. As a parent, I don't need films to be 'rated'. I can decide on 'appropriateness' by watching trailers and listening to community feedback. Some po-faced public servant's opinion is irrelevant and quite frankly, not welcome.
Film ratings are nonsense. As a parent, I don't need films to be 'rated'. I can decide on 'appropriateness' by watching trailers and listening to community feedback. Some po-faced public servant's opinion is irrelevant and quite frankly, not welcome.
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9:02AM on 02/25/2012
The MPAA are frauds. This film is not yet rated proved that. They are just a group of douche bags trying to push their social hang ups on the motion picture industry.

Why do they allow tons of violence and scantily clad women in a PG-13 but just the idea of a female orgasm immediately gives it an R rating?
The MPAA are frauds. This film is not yet rated proved that. They are just a group of douche bags trying to push their social hang ups on the motion picture industry.

Why do they allow tons of violence and scantily clad women in a PG-13 but just the idea of a female orgasm immediately gives it an R rating?
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3:17AM on 02/25/2012
I'm not completely against the MPAA, but I am against their reasons for rating a film the way it does. Language is now commonplace in society. We've gone from all bad language being inappropriate to select words being inappropriate. So why is language worthy of an R rating? It makes no sense. If some kid is so sheltered in his life that he never ever hears an F word, there's a very good chance he barely ever goes to the theater anyway. And certainly this film deserves to be an exception,
I'm not completely against the MPAA, but I am against their reasons for rating a film the way it does. Language is now commonplace in society. We've gone from all bad language being inappropriate to select words being inappropriate. So why is language worthy of an R rating? It makes no sense. If some kid is so sheltered in his life that he never ever hears an F word, there's a very good chance he barely ever goes to the theater anyway. And certainly this film deserves to be an exception, considering it's content. The MPAA has a skewed view of the world if they think that awarding this film an R is justified. Maybe the members of the MPAA should talk to their own kids and see what they think. While they're at it, they can ask the kids what kind of foul language they hear everyday.
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10:51PM on 02/24/2012
The MPAA is flawed as all fuck but it is all that stands in the way of religious fundamentalists destroying artistic freedom by censoring/banning films on a state-by-state basis. Check this:
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The MPAA is flawed as all fuck but it is all that stands in the way of religious fundamentalists destroying artistic freedom by censoring/banning films on a state-by-state basis. Check this:
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8:11PM on 02/24/2012
What a bunch of crap. The MPAA has been the subject of controversy for a long time now, but this is ridiculous - this is at least socially important.
What a bunch of crap. The MPAA has been the subject of controversy for a long time now, but this is ridiculous - this is at least socially important.
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6:49PM on 02/24/2012
Show me a 13-year-old kid who hasn't heard "some language" before and I'll show you a kid who's probably been home-schooled
Show me a 13-year-old kid who hasn't heard "some language" before and I'll show you a kid who's probably been home-schooled
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6:46PM on 02/24/2012

THE MPAA

what a bunch of bullies...
what a bunch of bullies...
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6:34PM on 02/24/2012

Who cares..

The weinstiens were once good producers now all the churn out is shit lOL. But I do want to see the movie.
The weinstiens were once good producers now all the churn out is shit lOL. But I do want to see the movie.
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6:32PM on 02/24/2012

to answer your question...

Only movies submitted by the studios to MPAA will be rated...its voluntary and not enforced by any laws...It's just harder to get into a theater, and subsequently, get butts in the seats for a non-rated flick...If TWC gets some momentum, though...they could possibly change that...UNFORTUNATELY, the question remains...how will a parent even know not to allow their children to see a movie without some guidance...it is one of those cases of "a little bit of regulation (within reason" is needed"
Only movies submitted by the studios to MPAA will be rated...its voluntary and not enforced by any laws...It's just harder to get into a theater, and subsequently, get butts in the seats for a non-rated flick...If TWC gets some momentum, though...they could possibly change that...UNFORTUNATELY, the question remains...how will a parent even know not to allow their children to see a movie without some guidance...it is one of those cases of "a little bit of regulation (within reason" is needed"
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5:25PM on 02/24/2012
One more proof that the MPAA is irrelevant.

In Quebec, the system has 4 different ratings General 13+ 16+ 18+. I've seen R -rated movies getting a General rating here. MPAA doesn't work.
One more proof that the MPAA is irrelevant.

In Quebec, the system has 4 different ratings General 13+ 16+ 18+. I've seen R -rated movies getting a General rating here. MPAA doesn't work.
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4:53PM on 02/24/2012
Don't look at me, I think everyone should abandon the MPAA. Musicians should do the same with the RIAA. Let the cash and control vampires die a well deserved death.
Don't look at me, I think everyone should abandon the MPAA. Musicians should do the same with the RIAA. Let the cash and control vampires die a well deserved death.
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4:52PM on 02/24/2012
I am not a fan of the MPAA, and from what I can gather, the MPAA's power is based completely on the studios and theaters cooperation. I hope this is a step in the right direction.
I am not a fan of the MPAA, and from what I can gather, the MPAA's power is based completely on the studios and theaters cooperation. I hope this is a step in the right direction.
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