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R-rated Bully doc being released April 6

Lesbian teen gets GLAAD award for petition against rating

Bully, the documentary that has been championed and defended by Hollywood elites — including Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry and Ryan Seacrest — is coming to a theatre near you.

The film, which follows several American kids who are bullied, received an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), causing outrage among many, who worried the rating would stop the film’s target audience from seeing it.

Bully includes the story of a lesbian who is bullied after she comes out.

The film’s producer appealed the R rating to no avail and has subsequently released it without a rating, which will allow anyone to see it but may restrict the number of theatres willing to screen it.

Here in Canada the film is rated PG and will be released on Friday, April 6. The film opened in select theatres last weekend in the US.

Below is a video of Bully’s producer, Harvey Weinstein, giving a special GLAAD award to Katy Butler, a lesbian teenager who started an online protest against the MPAA’s R rating. Below that is a video interview with the film’s director, Lee Hirsch, at the 2011 Hot Docs Festival in 2011.