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February 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Alex Libby

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co., plans to fight the R rating meted out to the Lee Hirsch documentary Bully, which deals with what the filmmaker calls the bullying crisis in American schools that has scarred the lives of countless children and resulted in numerous suicides. The film purportedly includes several utterances of profanity by children. In a statement, Hirsch said, “To capture the stark reality of bullying, we had to capture the way kids act and speak in their everyday lives – and the fact is that kids use profanity. It is heartbreaking that the MPAA, in adhering to a strict limit on certain words, would end up keeping this film from those who need to see it most.” Weinstein plans to make a personal appearance before the appeals board on Thursday on behalf of the film, accompanied by Alex Libby, one of the children whose experiences are documented in the film. “I want every child, parent, and educator in America to see Bully, so it is imperative for us to gain a PG-13 rating. It’s better that children see bad language than bad behavior, so my wish is that the MPAA considers the importance of this matter as we make this appeal,” he said. The film is scheduled to be released on March 30.