Demi Lovato, Ellen Degeneres Join Fight To Change 'R' Rating On Bullying Movie
Posted on Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:21 AM PDT

DLovatoLAX072911_01_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Ellen Degeneres and Demi Lovato are the latest celebrities to join the fight to get the film Bully a PG-13, rather than 'R', rating. The Weinstein Company, which is producing the film, spoke out last week when the MPAA issued the rating, and now Michigan high school student Katy Butler is petitioning at to get signatures for an overturn of the original ruling.

Butler, who is a victim of severe bullying, hopes the rating gets changed so the film can be seen by as many people as possible, regardless of their age.

"We've got the MPAA's attention, and with nearly 300,000 signatures and support from celebrities and politicans, there's now a national movement of people calling on the MPAA to drop the R rating for Bully," Butler explains. "As someone who lived through bullying day in and day out in school, including having my finger broken by bullies, this film is too important to silence with an R rating. Everyone should have the chance to see Bully."

Degneres invited Butler to her show last week and drew importance to the matter on national television, while Lovato appealed to her 6 million Twitter followers.

"Please help repeal the R rating on Bully. EVERYONE should be able to see it. Sign the petition," the Disney star tweeted.

The MPAA has yet to issue a decision.