Bully

Introducing the Wrong Page.  New contributor to the LAX-JFK Blog, long time friend and aficionado of everything film, music and beer related.  He earned the moniker of Wrong Page, because he zigs when everybody else zags.  It’s good to be passionate about your perspective.  Also the man behind the camera for the JayLip Interviews and soon to come Bootleg Collection II Lookbook & Product Shots.  Peep his view on upcoming, critically acclaimed film, Bully.

“Blessed are the meek:  for they shall inherit the earth.”

After having watched Bully, I wonder if it’s because they’ve paid dues to earn it.  I’ve never been rocked by a movie so hard before; real talk.  Maybe it’s because I recently became a father and the issue hits home like never before.  Maybe it’s because in the 4th grade I finally had to pop a muh’fucka in his mouth to regain inner-peace after months of misery. Most likely it’s because I took 4 nieces and nephews with me and the thought of anything half as bad happening to them, or any of my friends’ children, made me want to put hands on somebody.  I know that in the walk of life many of us have chosen, being bullied seems impossible.  We were raised to fight.  Even in the face of a guaranteed chunkin’ you fought, you took your ass-whoopin, showed heart and never snitched.  But unfortunately there are also those kids who can’t or won’t defend themselves.  This movie is their voice.

This piece tells the story of 5 families whose lives were turned inside-out as a result of neglected, unnoticed and unhandled bullying.  It chronicles what happened, who it really hurt and how they are coping with it in the aftermath.  The story takes you through an 89 minute peek into a system that feels it can’t, and therefore won’t decide on how to curb on-campus bullying, until finally broken hearted parents take up arms and form their own movements.

I see this movie as a game changer.  Have you been inside a Mickey D’s lately?  Did you feel like you were at a Starbucks inside of a gym; with the earth tone furniture and the posters depicting a healthy and active lifestyle?  This is a direct impact of Spurlocks’ 2004 Super Size Me.  That documentary threw a spotlight on McDonald’s role in a national obesity epidemic.  Bully will shine a 10,000 footcandle spotlight on the topic of bullying.  This is the kind of attention that creates change.

www.thebullyproject.com

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