With each and every new statement from The Parents Television Council, I get more and more convinced that they actually hate their own children. My theory started after the Super Bowl when they overreacted to M.I.A flipping off the audience and turned it into the equivalent of Janet Jackson marching into their house and demanding their children breastfeed from her exposed nipple.
Now they’re supporting the MPAA’s decision to give the upcoming documentary, Bully, an R-rating. Despite the fact that the film’s aimed at the under R-rated crowd in an attempt to assure them they’re not alone when it comes to being bullied and also that they can be the difference in their own schools.
The MPAA justifies their decision because the f-word is used 6 times in the film. As if the average teenager doesn’t hear or see that word 6 times before they even get out of bed in the morning.
The movement to lower the rating to PG-13 was started by Katy Butler, a 17-year-old Michigan high school student.
Butler, who came out as a lesbian in middle school and has been the victim of repeated bullying, launched the online petition on February 26. Since then, she has been featured on CNN and Fox News, and was in the audience during today’s taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” during which DeGeneres urged her viewers to also sign the petition.
Since then, even more celebrities started encouraging their fans to sign the petition, including Demi Lovato and Drew Brees. Because as human beings who have interacted with teenagers or were at one point a teenager themselves, they understand how important it is that everyone can see this film.
So why then did the Parents Television Council praise the MPAA for their decision to not lower the rating to PG-13?
Do they really think that the vulgar language in the documentary is worse than what their children hear in school everyday? Do they truly believe that this is what’s best for the children, for their children? It’s almost as if they’re pro-bullying. As if they’re worried bullies will see this film and realize how they’re impacting their classmates’ lives. Or that bullied children will see it and identify with the film and feel a little it better about their situation.
Or maybe it’s just the fact that they’re bullies when it comes to getting what they want from the media and they don’t want their children to figure that out.
Either way it’s pretty clear, the Parent’s Television Council isn’t looking out for anyone’s children, least of all, their own.