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Harvey Weinstein mulls leaving MPAA

MUMBAI: Reacting to Motion Pictures Association of America‘s (MPAA) decision to upload the R rating given to Lee Hirsch‘s documentary Bully, Harvey Weinstein has said that he had no choice but to consider parting ways with the Association.


Said Weinstein said in a statement, "As of today, The Weinstein Co. is considering a leave of absence for the foreseeable future. We respect the MPAA and their process, but feel this time it has just been a bridge too far."


Weinstein said that he is personally going to ask public figures and celebrities around the world--from First Lady Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga to the Duchess of Cambridge to help allow the movie to be seen without any restrictions.
 
However, it is not clear whether the Weinstein Co. that isn‘t an official member of the MPAA is mulling with the idea of no longer submitting its films to the ratings board.


The Classification and Ratings Administration has strict rules regarding language, which resulted in Bully, a documentary about schoolyard bullying, getting an R rating.


Bully was filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year and looks at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. The film also documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviours besides capturing a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.

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