"Bully" debuts in Michigan as protesters rally for movie's rating change

(WXYZ-BIRMINGHAM) - A movie rated "R" for its profanity and graphic images makes its debut in Michigan at the Birmingham Palladium 12 Theater on Saturday. This as many fight to get its rating changed to PG-13. 

The movie is "Bully".  It is a documentary that aims to look at how bullying affects students in America.

A 17-year-old Ann Arbor girl delivered a petition with more than 200,000 signatures to the Motion Picture Association of  America asking that the rating be lowered.

"Those who are bullied need to see the movie.  Those that bully need to see the movie," said Katy Butler. 

She says she suffered from bullying after coming out as a lesbian in school.

Lowering the rating would allow kids under age 17 to see the documentary without an adult guardian present. 

The non-profit organization "Defeat the Label" will hold a rally against bullying at noon in Birmingham before the showing of the documentary.  The rally will be held at Shain Park on Saturday, March 10.  The movie will be shown at 2:00 p.m. at Birmingham's Palladium 12.   Following the movie there will be a discussion on how bullying can be prevented.

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