There has been controversy brewing over Bully (or The Bully Project). Directed, produced, and written by Lee Hirsch, Bully is a documentary that tackles the ongoing problem of bullying in schools across the United States. The film follows five students in the U.S. who have faced bullying on a daily basis including two students that committed suicide as a result. Bully was originally given an “R” rating from the MPAA due to the profanity used in the film. This prompted a petition that was signed by over a hundred thousand people wanting the rating downgraded to “PG-13”. Their reasoning for this demand was they felt that the film is important to get a dialogue going on the bullying problem in schools. The refusal on the part of MPAA to downgrade the rating of Bully has prompted the film’s distributor, The Weinstein Company, to release the film with a rating. The reason for this move was because the Weinsteins felt that the need to show the scene in which a bully uttering profanities at the twelve year-old kid he is tormenting instead of editing out the profanity.
This is a movie that parents need to take their kids to see. This year, over 5 million kids will be bullied. Whether it is at school or online, bullying is a serious problem kids face today. Many of us either know what it’s like to be bullied or know someone who’s been bullied. The problem never truly goes away on its own.