Victory for 'the Lorax': Change.Org Helps Students' Petition Reach Hollywood
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"I have some amazing news to share.
Last month, I saw the new documentary, Bully, which reveals the raw and honest reality behind bullying in high schools and middle schools. I cried when I watched the movie because I was horribly bullied in middle school. Thats why I was shocked to find out that other young people like me might not be able to see the movie because the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave it an R rating.
Outraged, I started a petition on Change.org asking the MPAA to change the rating to PG-13. After more than half a million people signed -- including you! -- the MPAA agreed. When Bully is released on April 13, it will be rated PG-13, and the most controversial scene in the film will remain unchanged, reflecting the reality and brutality of bullying.
This happened because people like you -- 500,000 strong -- came together to say that we think the issue of bullying in schools is important, and if this movie can help, then kids should be able to see it. We were even joined by people like Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Michael Jordan, Drew Brees, Justin Bieber, and 35 members of Congress. My petition was covered by almost every major TV station and newspaper in America.
When I was bullied, I felt alone. But today I feel the power of half a million people standing beside me. Thank you so much.
Early on Wednesday, 6/5/2013, as we eagerly waited in the halls of the State Capitol after three exhausting days of meetings with legislators, the Connecticut General Assembly voted to keep private the crime scene information from the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, which so tragically rocked our community and our nation last year. This is a victory for our families, for families across our state affected by violent tragedy and for you.
Keep Sandy Hook crime scene information private: Urge the CT legislature to pass HB 6424