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Ellen DeGeneres, Demi Lovato lead charge to give 'Bully' a PG-13 rating

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Demi Lovato, Ellen DeGeneres and Victorious actor Avan Tudor Jogia are just some of the celebrities who have joined forces with a Michigan high school student to get the word out on a petition to show a documentary about bullying to as many people as possible. No, it's a movie about how to stop, not how to cause it.

Katy Butler appeared on Ellen's show last week to promote a Change.org petition for the movie Bully, which she wants her peers to see, but mystifyingly has an R rating, preventing people younger than 17 from seeing it (watch the trailer above). According to People, her petition, which is supported by 20 members of congress and has more than 284,000 signatures, asks the Motion Picture Association of America to change the film's rating to PG-13. You know, like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which showed people being shot, stabbed, burned alive, thrown off a bridge and, in one particularly graphic scene, featured a man's heart being pulled from his chest. And the MPAA is worried about harsh language, a rowdy school bus and preteen suicide?

"It's an important movie for everyone to see, especially kids," DeGeneres said on her show (watch that below). That was preceded by Lovato's tweet on March 1 via @ddlovato that read, "Please help repeal the R rating on 'BULLY.' EVERYONE should be able to see it. Sign the petition" Well, The Juice* will just have to make that 284,001 signatures ...

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