Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Prop 8 Attorneys Olson and Boies Team To Get Bully Rating Changed

Prop. 8 Attorneys Boies, Olson Team To Get Bully Rating Changed
By Jeremy Kinser

Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, who successfully challenged California’s ban on same-sex marriage, are now urging the MPAA to lower the R rating for the documentary Bully.

Last night while being interviewed at a special screening of the film co-hosted by Boies, Olson, actresses Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer, the two attorneys praised the film, a non-fiction chronicle of American schoolchildren being bullied by fellow students, as one that all teenagers should see. The two men even suggested that there could be legal consequences for the MPAA if they don’t reconsider the restrictive rating for the documentary.

“How ridiculous and unfair and damaging it is to have a film of this power and importance that is being censored by a rating system that has got simply no rational basis,” Boies says. “You can kill kids, you can maim them, you can torture them and still get a PG-13 rating, 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."

Olson suggests that students should be permitted to see the film, which will be released March 30, so that they can understand the resulting damage caused by bullying.

“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,'” Olson says. “What a reason for not doing something. So they better shape up, or here we come.”

During the event at New York's Paley Center for Media, Streep learned that her daughter had come to the aid of bullied classmates. New York Daily Newsreports actress Regency Boies remembered the times her classmate, Gummer, came to the aid of fellow students who were being tormented.

“I saw her on more than a few occasions come to the rescue of some of our classmates that were being ridiculed when none of the rest of us were brave enough to confront them,” Boies says, adding that she knew Gummer’s actions were a product of the integrity and the kindness that Streep had instilled in her.