Director Michael Moore attends the "Where to Invade Next" premiere  on day 1 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales Theatre, Sept. 10, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.
Director Michael Moore attends the "Where to Invade Next" premiere on day 1 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales Theatre, Sept. 10, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.

NEW YORK - Michael Moore is protesting the "R" rating given to his upcoming documentary Where to Invade Next by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Moore said in a statement Monday that the MPAA gave his film an “R” rating for “language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.” In the film, Moore travels abroad to co-opt civic ideas he believe would help the United States.

The filmmaker, though, believes the MPAA has it out for him. He suggested the intended label is: “This movie contains dangerous ideas that the 99 percent may find upsetting and lead them to revolt. Teens will be the most agitated when they learn they will soon be $80,000 in debt just by going to school.”


Moore is appealing the decision. Representatives for the MPAA didn't immediately return messages Monday.

Moore has a history of disputes with the ratings board, going all the way back to his first film, the 1989 R-rated Roger & Me.
 
Where to Invade Next will be released Dec. 23 by a new distribution company formed by former Radius co-presidents and founders Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and Tim League, chief executive of Alamo Drafthouse.