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2.28.2012

Please Consider Signing This Bully Petition

Today in heartbreaking news:

The upcoming documentary Bully has been given an R rating, keeping it from the people who need it the most. Teenagers. The full story is here, and it contains a petition to lower the rating so that the film can be shown in schools.

While I'm sadly skeptical that a petition can change the rating, I . . . don't know what else to do. Teens need to see this film. My hope is that if it gets enough signatures (the goal is 100,000), at least it might earn another discussion with the MPAA. At least more people will hear that this film even exists.

Watch this trailer. Think about the boy who says, "I feel kind of nervous going to school, because I like learning, but I have trouble making friends."




And then please, please, please consider signing the petition.

If you're a YA blogger, author, agent, editor, etc.: I sincerely hope you'll spread the word about this film. It needs our voices.

14 comments:

  1. Signed and message spread. *crosses fingers* Come on, YA blogosphere, let's work our magic!!

    (Tiny sparkle in the tunnel of darkness: BULLY is part of a deal Weinstein struck with Netflix, so it will be available via that service in the future. I have no idea how many teens use Netflix, though. I would guess not all that many...)

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  2. This is very depressing. I will sign the petition. It's not right that one film gets rated PG13 despite extreme violence and another film that seeks to end violence will be rated R because of a word. We live in a strange world. No wonder we changed the quote "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" to "but words will really hurt me."

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  3. Will definitely sign and spread the word. I actually teared up at this trailer.

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  4. Thank you for spreading the word about this. So many people have no idea that bullying is still happening on such a large scale (myself included) so thanks for telling us about it so we can make a difference!

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  5. I so wish I could sign this petition, but it's only open to Americans. I'm signing it in spirit and will even spread the word to my American blog followers. It's a very important topic! Thanks for sharing this.

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  6. I would love to be able to sign this but its only open to Americans.

    I know how it feels to be the one being put through this (not physically, for me, but more mentally, and maybe not this bad, but still bad enough). I think it was my books (a world that I could escape in to when it got to bad) and my lovely dog and horses that saved me.
    Kids and teenagers NEED to see this! What they are responsible for when they push some one in to a looker or a wall, freeze them out or call names. They NEED to know that they are KILLING someone, bit by bit! They NEED to know that if the person survives this, it never leaves them, even if the bullying stops!

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  7. What a powerful trailer. I signed, and I'm going to spread the word!

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  8. I signed this earlier today!

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  9. Signed! As someone who was menatally bullied in school I feel very strongly about this topic. It made me a stronger person but I still have trouble letting people in and some days those negative voices find a way to creep in.

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  10. Oh my goodness. I'm sobbing after this. A couple of weeks ago my middle son(he is in 2nd grade) was on the bus when a fourth grade girl who sits across the aisle said "give me your arm". He did, and she took her nail and scratched it down his arm so hard that there will definitely be a scar. It took me days to learn the whole story because he doesn't share a lot. It has been tearing me up inside. I imagine his reaction, looking into the face of this girl after she has hurt him. I imagine him trying not to cry, and hiding what has happened. Thinking of it now makes me sick to my stomach. Why do these things happen? Why can't I be there to keep him, and my other boys, safe every second of the day? My oldest son is eleven, and watching that trailer was just too much. To imagine that kind of pain...it's quite honestly unconscionable. It boggles my mind that people continue to turn the other way. Thank you for posting this.

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  11. SIGNED. You almost made me cry just now, when I saw that. :,(

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  12. Thank you for this, Stephanie. I posted it on my blog, too:

    http://laurabensonhadley.com/?p=67

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  13. Thank you for posting this and making us aware.

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  14. Anonymous7:37 PM GMT-5

    The obscene language in "Bully" does not come from a script. I remember what it's like to get bullied, and don't tell me "the children" didn't pick up language like that from their parents and peers. If they can show bloody car accidents in Drivers Education films they should also be able to show what really happens when the cliques and students are "just kidding around" with an un-popular student. Welcome to 2012; just like 1953.

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