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Weinstein Company Threatens To Leave MPAA After Losing Appeal On Bullying Flick

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The Weinstein Company feels like they've been bullied by MPAA long enough.

The production company lost its appeal to change its documentary on bullying from "R" to "PG-13."

Harvey Weinstein and Alex Libby, a child who was bullied in the film, gave impassioned speech but the MPAA said no dice.

Now, TWC thinks its about time for a change.

Harvey said the following about the upsetting ruling:

We respect the MPAA and their process but feel this time it has just been a bridge too far,

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.

Bully was rated "R" due to strong language. But a bullying movie teens can't see…how does that make sense?!

If TWC leaves the MPAA, they can release the film as is but it could limit its reach in theaters. If the company stays, then they'll have to reedit.

Sad. It's a lose-lose situation. Teens need to see this flick!

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6 comments to “Weinstein Company Threatens To Leave MPAA After Losing Appeal On Bullying Flick”

  1. 1

    Its well known that the MPAA shits on good films and takes brides for crappy movies that should not be made (supposedly for bribes.) There actually is a good documentary on them.

  2. 2

    Does the MPAA think teens live in some bubble where they aren't exposed to sex, violence, and foul language?

  3. 3

    Bullying: A Lesson In Context.
    1. Worship our God, or we'll bomb the crap out of ya!
    2. Believe in Jesus, or you're going to hell!
    3. Love your mother and father, no matter how abusive they are.
    4. Vote for this politician, or pay higher taxes!
    5. Lose 50lbs., dye your hair and wear stillettos, or we won't even look at ya!
    6. Give us more money, or we'll take away your cable television.
    7. Get married before you have a baby, or we'll disown ya!
    8. Support our wars, or we'll set your house on fire!
    9. Give us money, or you'll lose your legs. (In other words, leave the hospital.)
    10. Believe in your government, because we always know what's best!

  4. 4

    These MPAA ratings are pretty obsolete given that movies end up on DVDs, on Demand, Internet streaming, etc. Eventually kids under 17, who are more tech-savvy than their parents, can see any movie out there. This charade with MPAA ratings only continues to make eveyone feel good about 'protecting' our children. Nonsense.

  5. 5

    Re: Margieieie – You're so full of shit you're leaking.

  6. 6

    Re: The Eric – You don't know how the MPAA and ratings work do you?