With its unerring instinct for being on the wrong side of every major social and aesthetic issue, the Motion Picture Association of Americaâ€™s ratings board has refused to budge off its R rating forÂ â€œBully,â€Â an earnest and moving documentary made for and about tormented preteens and teenagers. Thereâ€™s almost a perverse, Santorum-style integrity about the MPAAâ€™s staunch resistance. Its ratings board â€” an anonymous group of Los Angeles-area parents â€” stands tall for some unspecified and imaginary set of American values, in the face of a viral lobbying campaign that has enlisted Justin Bieber, Johnny Depp, Martha Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres and nearly 500,000 other people, and made an overnight media celebrity out of 17-year-old Katy Butler, a self-described victim of bullying who started the online petition.
As I see it, the smatterings of profane language make a convenient stand-in for all the stuff in â€œBullyâ€ thatâ€™s genuinely obscene, and that can and should make us all uncomfortable. Like the story of Kelby Johnson of Tuttle, Okla., a 16-year-old out lesbian who has been ostracized by her entire town, including her teachers, school officials and other authorities; or 17-year-old Tyler Long of rural Georgia, an awkward and introverted kid who hanged himself in his bedroom closet after years of taking abuse from classmates and being ignored by adults; or 14-year-old Jaâ€™Meya Jackson of Yazoo County, Miss., who went to prison after confronting her school-bus tormentors with a loaded gun.
â€” Why the MPAA doesnâ€™t want your kid to see â€œBullyâ€, Salon. Assez jeunes pour Ãªtre sadisÃ©s mais trop jeunes pour en Ãªtre informÃ©s, le comble de l’obscÃ¨ne. Au cÅ“ur de ce dÃ©bat, on sent que la question de l’homosexualitÃ© supposÃ©e ou rÃ©elle, l’Â«Ã©trangetÃ©Â» de ces enfants, crispe la MPAA, comme elle aveugle toutes les associations familialistes. Une pÃ©tition a Ã©tÃ© lancÃ©e pour que la MPAA revienne sur sa dÃ©cision.. Les producteurs ont annoncÃ© qu’ils sortiraient le documentaire dans les salles sans classement.