As an update to my most recent blog, the documentary The Bully Project has been granted a PG rating from British Columbia film censors. Alliance Films, the Canadian distributor of the controversial documentary about childhood and teen bullying, received the PG rating from Consumer Protection B.C. Parental guidance is advised for the documentary and the film comes with the warning, “Coarse language; theme of bullying.”
In a statement, the film’s director Lee Hirsch remarked on the B.C. board’s decision to grant Bully a PG rating:
“I am thrilled that kids of all ages can now join their parents, teachers, social work advocates and leaders to bring about change for this deeply important cause."
After learning that Bully had also been given a PG rating in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta Hirsch added:'
“I’ve always thought Canada was an awesome place and this has been confirmed across the board.”
In the United States, supporters of the film are still protesting the documentary’s R rating with a petition and public demonstrations. Celebrities including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and Tommy Hilfiger have signed the petition and offered their support.
Meryl Streep and her daughter are hosting a screening of the film in New York City and Hilfiger will be designing a shirt based on the film’s logo.
Bully opens in select theatres across Canada on April 6th.