Weinstein Threatens to Leave MPAA, A Group That Doesn’t Have Him As a Member

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The Weinstein Company, which has had a complicated history with the Motion Picture Association of America in recent years, is threatening to leave the MPAA, a group that lobbies Washington and issues ratings. Harvey Weinstein’s company lost its appeal to knock the rating of forthcoming documentary Bully, about high-school brutality, from R to PG-13. Mr. Weinstein argued that the film was important for people under 18 to see–an argument that failed to sway the ratings board.

Mr. Weinstein’s company does not actually belong to the lobbying group, but the Los Angeles Times speculates he may in fact be removing his films from ratings consideration going forward–a decision that would seem to have farther-reaching consequences for Weinstein films than for the MPAA. Unrated films, like NC-17-rated films, carry a stigma–a fact of which Mr. Weinstein is almost certainly aware after submitting the sexually explicit 2010 film Blue Valentine for ratings consideration and arguing it down to an R rating.