The Weinstien Company has a new film coming out called Bully. This film tackles the important issue of the disturbing epidemic of bullying in America.
The film relieved an R rating because of “some language.”
This is a movie that elementary and high school aged young adults need to see. When you restrict it to 18+ adults, how in the world is it going to get its message across to it’s intended audience. I see films with needless scenes of violence ranging from physical abuse, explosives, trashing rooms, all of which receive PG-13 ratings or less. Yet add in some language (that would set the scene, and provide some resonance with the audience) gets an R rating? Butt crack in a movie, a vagina, a penis…basically male and female body parts, contained by bras, boxer briefs, under or clothes. Language and things we say among friends and the things we do in the bedroom are censored. And it all goes down to a sense of shame and lack of willingness to discuss, and be comfortable with, the things we actually do and experience in our natural life.
People experience abuse every day, people are bullied at school every day, say certain words and expletives on a daily basis. A lot of people are having sex and or are naked at some point each and every day. These are things we know and have witnessed ourselves. But when it comes to art (which requires an audience) it’s all restricted to adults?
Do people suddenly wake up and realize what’s under their clothes and what to do with them at 18? Do they start saying “fuck” and whatever else, does everyone have sex only at age 18? Do people only experience abuse at age 18+?
Are people supposed to learn their sexual comfort level by trial and error? Areteenagers - women in particular - supposed to lay down and think of England (or whatever country they live in) when they have sex for the first time?
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Talking about these issues and experiences in life, opens discussion and allows for education. I came from a household where sex was never talked about. I happen to be a very curious person, and I felt the need to research to the end of the earth, to educate myself. But what about people who just want to wing it? There is a lot that can be learned by asking questions, but when asking is not even encouraged, when it’s restricted to 18 + you’re leaving a lot to chance.
It’s exactly the same thing with this movie. This film can educate people and open up discussion. Yet the MPAA wants to just leave it to chance, and let people figure it out themseles. People committ suicide because of bullying, people do a lot of harm to themselves over bullying. This is an important issue which needs to reach as many ears as possible.
And I believe that’s why Harvey Weinstien is taking the decision of the MPAA to R rate this movie so seriously:
Following the decision, Weinstein released a statement saying that TWC 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,” said Weinstein. “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.”
If you’re 18+ (basically out of any type of elementary or high school education system), then go ahead and watch this film. And do your best to pass on information that should have been given directly to the intended audience.