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Demi Lovato is ready to make a stand. The 19-year-old singer-actress has taken to her Twitter account to speak out against bullying.
"It really surprises me the hateful things people say on the internet.. After all the awareness of cyber-bullying... I mean wow. So sad," she twittered on March 12.
"Praying for all the people in the world who feel it's okay to bully people over the internet because if you are one of those people, then you must have had something really terrible happen to your childhood or you're really sick in the head," she continued on her Twitter page. "Must suck to be born without a heart."
Just last week, Lovato opened up about her own personal struggles in the MTV documentary Stay Strong. And now that she has made her voice heard, Lovato is fighting for those who suffer from bullying.
But she's not just tweeting her feelings. Lovato is also petitioning the MPAA to repeal the R rating on the new documentary Bully. The appropriately titled film seeks to raise awareness about the problem of bullying in America's school systems. But if the film's R rating sticks, teenagers under 17 (who could benefit the most from its message) will not be allowed to see it, and high schools will not be able to screen it in class.
"Please help repeal the R rating on 'BULLY.' EVERYONE should be able to see it. Sign the petition," Lovato tweeted to her fans, joining up with Ellen DeGeneres and other celebs in support of the film.
Michigan high school student Katy Butler, who has experienced severe bullying, started the petition. It is officially supported by 20 members of Congress and has more than 280,000 signatures. Last week, Butler (who appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to tout her cause) delivered more than 200,000 of them to the MPAA's Los Angeles office.
Watch the trailer for Bully below: