I try to keep things chipper here, for the most part (I hope it comes across that way) but I watched a movie trailer tonight that made me cry (the full-length film will give me heartache for sure), and I thought it worth sharing (you're welcome :) Everyone either is/was a bully, has been bullied, or has seen it in action. I can think of very few things more terrible than for a child to go to school each day knowing the terrible things they may face, just because they are who they are. What are we teaching our children that they think this is OK? Where are they getting this behavior from? I am in no way innocent--I'm sure I took part in some teasing, but I was also on the receiving end. But bullying today is a whole new ball of wax. It doesn't stop with a few poking words. It's now about the sticks and the stones, literally. And sadly, suicide. CHILDREN are ending their own lives because of the brutality of others, when they are just trying to go about their business.
For some reason, enjoying learning (dare I say 'being a nerd?') is a reason to be bullied. Being too short/tall/skinny/fat is a reason to have threats cast upon you. And heaven forbid there is any kind of disability, physical or otherwise. The world is a scary place. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the days were a little less scary for the children in our lives, or that they were taught to have respect for other people and the dignity of a human life? I think this is one cause we can all get behind.
Here's the trailer (in case it doesn't show above). They want to make this rated R because of cursing. This will cut out a HUGE portion of the population at which this film is targeted, but the MPAA cites "the rules." I wonder if anyone in the Motion Picture Association of America was ever bullied...or has been around the target age group who probably know more of 'those' words than I do... Here's the petition to drop the R rating from this film, if you're interested in signing it.
Now returning you to your regularly scheduled programming...