Weinstein Company Fights To Overturn R Rating For Bully
Posted on Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:17 AM PDT

Weinstein041410_01_200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Harvey and Bob Weinstein are fighting to overturn the R rating given to Lee Hirsch's documentary Bully.

After threatening to withdraw from the MPAA ratings process last week, Weinstein will now move forward in his battle by taking on the National Association of Theatre Owners. NATO president John Fithian fired off a letter urging theater owners to treat unrated films as NC-17 releases, which sparked outrage with The Weinstein Company.

"As a company we have the utmost respect for NATO, but to suggest Bully could ever be treated like an NC-17 film is completely unconscionable, not to mention unreasonable. In light of the tragedy that occurred yesterday in Ohio, we feel now is the time for the bullying epidemic to take center stage, we need to demand our community take action," the producers said, referring to the Cleveland high school shooting.

Bully received an R rating for language, and although Fithian stands by his declaration that there is a system in place which must be followed, he agrees that the documentary sheds an important light on an increasingly serious situation. "As a father of 9-year-old child, I am personally grateful that TWC has addressed the important issue of bullying in such a powerful documentary. Yet were the NPAA and NATO to waive the ratings rules whenever we believed that a particular movie had merit, or was somehow more important than other movies, we would no longer be neutral parties applying consistent standards, but rather censors of content based on personal mores."

Negotiations are now underway with attorneys Martin Garvis and David Boies to help the film company fight to make sure Bully can be seen by audiences everywhere.

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