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The Motion Picture Association of America has caused controversy by giving the movie Bully an R rating. Protests and petitions have begun because the rating does not allow anyone under the age of 17 to see the movie without parental accompaniement. Many teens and “tweens” are upset about this, but I think they do no fully understand that the benefits just might outweigh the drawbacks. Repeated in the protests and coverage is that the movie will now be missed by the people who most need to see this movie, but that’s where they are wrong.
Let’s pretend Joe is a bully, 15-years old. Neither Joe nor any other bully will be lining up to see this movie. Joe does not think bullying is wrong. Even if Joe did manage to see the movie, does anyone really expect him to come out of the theater thinking, “Oh, no! I’ve been wrong all this time! I need to change my ways!” No. That’s not happening.
The R rating will make it so that parents will have to go with their kids to see this movie. BINGO! That’s the idea. That’s what needs to happen in order for this movie to have the greatest effect. Bullies are not born. They are raised – by ignorant parents. Bullies are created when parents do not teach kids the right way to interact, respect, and socialize with others. Parent are the ones who need to see this movie so they can learn what they have been doing wrong. Parents need to see this movie so they can learn what is happening to their own kids and what they can do to help.
Don’t preach to the choir. Make it so that parents will have to see the movie. Make it so kids will bug their parents to take them. That is how this movie will have its greatest success.