Harvey Weinstein to Present Special GLAAD Award to Katy Butler, Anti-Bullying Activist (Exclusive)
The executive producer of "Bully" will recognize the young woman who has fought the MPAA on the film's restrictive R-rating.
Harvey Weinstein is used to accepting awards, but he will proudly give one to one of his newest and strongest allies later this month.
The Oscar-winning producer will present teenager Katy Butler with a Special Recognition Award at the GLAAD Media Awards on March 24 in New York City. Butler has spearheaded a petition to move the rating of the upcoming advocacy documentary Bully from the R-rating given to it by the MPAA to PG-13, which would allow its target audience -- middle and high school students -- to see it in theaters.
"I am proud and honored to present this Award to Katy. Her commitment to this campaign and passion for taking action against bullying is incredibly impressive," Weinstein said.
Butler's petition has been signed by over 275,000 people eager to see the movie screened widely, including celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and Justin Bieber, as well as a group of twenty members of Congress led by Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA). She recently delivered 200,000 to the MPAA.
Weinstein, who was recognized 14 years ago with the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award for his LGBT advocacy, has threatened to pull out of the MPAA over the rating.
The 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards will be hosted by Glee stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera, and will take place at New York City's Marriott Marquis Times Square.