After a grueling battle, the MPAA has agreed to change the rating of the new documentary Bully to PG-13.
The intensely emotional movie follows the lives of bullied teenagers and has received stellar ratings from an assortment of people. It was originally rated R, meaning kids couldn’t see it, especially at school.
But after sweeping activist efforts and a petition signed by thousands of people, the MPAA caved and changed the rating. The director edited a few scenes to improve the language, which was the main reason for the original R rating.
This is so awesome. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who signed the petition and got out the word about this. I can’t wait to see this movie.
Washington– At a campaign event at a bowling alley in Wisconsin today, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a boy who reached for a pink bowling ball: “You’re not gonna use the pink ball. We’re not gonna let you do that. Not on camera.” Santorum went on to say “Friends don’t let friends use pink balls.” The comments were tweeted by Reuters reporter Sam Youngman.
“This is another example of Rick Santorum intentionally making ignorant statements that have a real impact on LGBT people,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. “Whether he’s comparing our marriages to inanimate objects, saying our children would be better off with a parent in prison as opposed to two loving same-sex parents, or calling open military service a ‘tragic social experiment;’ he’s proven that he thinks LGBT people are second-class citizens not worthy of dignity or respect. In this case, he’s advancing tired gender norms by implying a boy should be ashamed or embarrassed to use a certain color bowling ball.”
Santorum’s anti-LGBT record speaks for itself: in addition to his frequent and vitriolic remarks about issues like marriage equality or LGBT families, he consistently voted against workplace protections while serving in the U.S. Senate, and was an early and vocal supporter of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.
“Kids have enough to worry about,” added Sainz. “They don’t need Rick Santorum telling them that using a pink bowling ball is a bad thing.”
Cool pink bowling ball? Or a boring black one? Rick, you live in a black and white world, eat unflavored yogurt, and want all bowling balls to be gender-correct. Rick, you are an amazing man.
Kirk Cameron is claiming to be attacked.
Pat Robertson is claiming to be attacked.
Both of these men need to just shut up and stop speaking in public. Am I going on the attack with my wish for them to be silent? Absolutely. I’ve listen to both of them systematically tear down people simply because of their sexual orientation. They are failures at obeying the orders of their own Christ, “Let he without sin cast the first stone.” The hypocrisy level amongst Christians like this is immeasurable. They sit on their moral high horse looking down on those who do not live a life they agree with, while failing to realize that they are being disgusting examples of human beings in the process.
There are Christians in this world that are really under attack. I’ve shared before that despite no longer being a Christian, I support an organization that specifically helps those being imprisoned, mutilated, raped, and murdered for their religion. The terrible things being done to them are not coming from the hand or homosexuals, atheists, or any of the so called attackers. They are being harmed by those who practice other religions. Cameron and Robertson need to be dropped off in one of these areas for a few days. They need to experience REAL religious attack.
Of course I’m being overly optimistic in believing that experiencing real religious persecution would change them into decent human beings, I can’t help it that’s just who I am. Fortunately I’m not naive enough to believe that they won’t find a way to turn anything that happened to them around on the LGBTQA community. ~ Kim