Dear Democratic Party of,
For a bullied kid, school can be torment.
Daily taunts and physical abuse turn into feelings of hopelessness when teachers won't help.
School bullying has already made too many young lives painful and frightening. It's going to take a huge effort to put a stop to it – from schools, parents, politicians, and cultural icons.
That's why I am extremely disappointed that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has decided to give a new documentary about bullying an "R" rating, making it nearly impossible for most schools to screen the film or for kids and teens to see it on their own.
Our partners and allies have already delivered over 200,000 signatures asking the MPAA to amend their decision – and now it's up to us to keep the pressure on by flooding their inboxes.
Help us keep the momentum up with another 100,000 letters TODAY. Tell the MPAA: Amend your ruling and give Bully a PG-13 rating so that we can start putting an end to bullying.
Ratings are there to help parents and families make the best decisions about what their children should see, but in this case, the "R" rating does the opposite – keeping a huge part of the target audience away from the film.
What's more, Bully was only given an "R" rating due to profanity, and the MPAA has made exceptions for swearing in the past.
In fact, the MPAA gave a 2005 documentary about the military a PG-13 rating even though it had 36 more instances of the f-word than Bully simply because they thought it was important for young people to see the film.
Democratic Party of, you and I agree: bullying is far more harmful to kids than a little coarse language, and over 200,000 of our friends and allies have already spoken out asking the MPAA to change the ruling. Will you send a letter now to keep the pressure on?
This documentary has the potential to change – or even save – lives. But we’ll never know its full impact if kids and teens are kept away.
With your help, we can make sure the MPAA does the right thing here. Thanks for standing up for our kids.
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