After having originally received an R rating, Bully, an anti-bullying documentary, will now be released unrated. Weinstein Co. co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, dropped the rating in hopes that kids under 18 will have access to its poignant message.
The ratings board initially gave Bully an R rating due to foul language. But, according to director Lee Hirsch, that's the whole point:
The small amount of language in the film that's responsible for the R rating is there because it's real. It's what the children who are victims of bullying face on most days. All of our supporters see that, and we're grateful for the support we've received across the board. I know the kids will come, so it's up to the theaters to let them in.
According to MTV, the documentary follows several families who have been impacted by bullies. It shows audiences just how detrimental bullying can be to one's life.
One teen, 17-year-old Katy Butler, launched a viral petition in an attempt to help remove the film's R rating. MTV reports that Butler's initiative drew hundreds of thousands of signatures and support from big names like Demi Lovato and Ellen DeGeneres. Butler's work even earned her a GLAAD Media Award.
You too can help garner support for the anti-bullying movement. Printing your message on a custom rubber band bracelet can help get the word out there and raise awareness for this influential film.
Bully opens on March 30 in theaters in Los Angeles and New York.