Speaking at Harvey’s screening of the movie Tuesday night were high-powered attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson (a former Solicitor General), who recently successful advocated for the striking down of Prop 8.
“You can kill kids, you can maim them, you can torture them and still get a PG-13 rating,” said Boies, “But if they say a couple of bad words you blame them. I hope, for heaven’s sake, that they find some rational basis before we have to sue them to revise the rating system.”
“This is an irrational decision, and I’ve heard it defended as ‘[The MPAA] really can’t do anything about it because if we make an exception here, they’ll be all sorts of people lined up wanting to have exceptions made with respect to their movies.’ What a reason for not doing something. So they better shape up, or here we come.”
Also in attendance were powerful celebrities like Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, and Meryl Streep, who got emotional after learning that her daughter Mamie Gummer used to help bullied students.
The MPAA responded to the New York Post, “There is a misconception about the R [for] this film . . . Many other R-rated movies on important topics, such as Schindler’s List, have been screened in schools and viewed by children accompanied by their parents.”
Anybody remember watching Schindler’s List in middle school with your mommy at your side, or before the age of 13? Yeah, it didn’t happen.
Harvey will be making an appearance at the GLAAD Media Awards this Saturday to confer an award on Katy Butler, a bullied Michigan teen who started a Change.org petition to downgrade the rating. The petition has over 425,000 signatures at the moment.