Today’s Sioux City Journal devoted their full front page to an editorial about a gay teen who recently committed suicide. On the death of 14-year-old Kenneth Weishuhn, which the paper called “a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy,” the paper had this to say: "This is not a failure of one group of kids, one school, one town, one county or one geographic area. Rather, it exposes a fundamental flaw in our society, one that has deep-seated roots. Until now, it has been too difficult, inconvenient — maybe even painful — to address. But we can’t keep looking away." A must-read that offers concrete solutions to a major cultural problem; check it out for yourself. (page via Newseum; thanks sarahlee310 for spotting)
I’m just glad that we held strong. I think this is a great resolution. We are getting so much interest to see the film, and this makes it much easier for schools to get behind it.
"Bully" director Lee Hirsch • Discussing the MPAA’s decision to make the film PG-13 upon its expansion nationwide starting April 13. Hirsch was able to keep a key scene in the film, but edited out three uses of a profanity. The movie, originally rated R, was rated as such because of its usage of profanity: The original cut of the film had six uses of a certain profanity. The key scene, where the word is used three times, will remain unedited.
These are real people, telling their real stories. I think it could create a big change, and it could potentially save lives if kids are allowed to see it.
Teen activist Katy Butler • Discussing her Change.org campaign to encourage the MPAA to change the rating of the documentary “Bully,” intended for teen audiences, from R to PG-13. Butler’s campaign has put her in a position where she’s talked to lawmakers, done interviews and even was invited to speak at a discussion about the film by the MPAA, where she said this about the R rating: “The kids can’t go to see the movie by themselves — and, honestly, how many 13-, 14-, 15-year-olds want to go to the movies with their parents? That’s just not cool.” Did the MPAA make the wrong move with the film’s rating?
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