Bully Movie: Don’t Be a Bystander, Stand Up.

21 May

Bullying seems to be a much more popular topic of conversation today. Why is that? There used to be days where being a bully was cool. How disgusting, right? There also used to be days where it was cool to be the popular kid making fun of the nerds in front of a crowd in order to gain popularity and to get a laugh. Who started this? Why was it ever “cool” to treat someone less than equally because someone deemed them “uncool”? The topic of bullying hits very close to home for me on a personal level and it is something that I am extremely passionate about.

When I was in elementary school we had ICQ and MSN. Kids today has so many more social media outlets that put them in a vulnerable position and essentially puts a target on their backs. Between text messages and the World Wide Web, kids can’t escape bullies even when they get home from school. It’s bad enough to be scared of the bus rides to and from school, and to dread lunch time. Now kids are dreading going home in fear of what might be written about them on Facebook.

When I was in high school, my friend and I approached our vice principal, and together we collaborated to create the Anti-Bullying club. We wanted to make a change, it needed to become cool to stand up for others and to stand up against injustices. It is clubs like this and films like Bully that need to keep popping up across the world in order to eradicate bullying.

I’m so pleased that Bully has been created and that people can watch this raw documentary so that they can see the harsh reality of bullying. Bullying is an epidemic that needs to be stopped. It is inexcusable and heart shattering that kids are committing suicide because they cannot bear the brunt of the name calling, the teasing, the being pushed around, and the torment. It isn’t good enough to make excuses or to turn a blind eye in hopes that the bully is just going through a phase. It isn’t good enough to be a bystander and to do nothing when you see your others getting picked on. It isn’t good enough for teachers and principals to brush punishments for bullies under the rug. Excuses are not good enough anymore.

The trailer for Bully reveals the intimate and heartbreaking stories that the film will reveal, showcasing to the world that bullying doesn’t go away. The impact of bullying is devastating, when are more people going to stand up and make a change? It’s not cool anymore, it never should have been. It’s cool to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

Please share this post and the trailer for the film and try to help make a difference. Don’t just be a bystander, stand up.

Passionately yours,

Merzybean.

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2 Responses to “Bully Movie: Don’t Be a Bystander, Stand Up.”

  1. Michelle (@TheJata) May 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    The real question is why bullying exists? How do these young bullies learn this behaviour? Is it an innate personality trait? Is it learned from their parents? Or is it learned through socialization and violent media? All these questions need to be answered before we can eliminate bullying.

    • merzybean May 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      I completely agree with you Michelle. These are issues that I think are being dealt with too late. By the time a kid is in high school, the behaviour is already set. What are teachers and parents and social media outlets doing to prevent bullying, never mind correcting it when it is too late.

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