As I’m sitting here recovering from a migraine and a 100 percent acidic stomach courtesy of a recent trip to Mexico, the movie Rundown is playing.
For those who haven’t seen it, watch it. It’s hysterical. And for you ladies (leans in to whisper), the Rock is in it. Y’all know him.
In this movie, the Rock fetches an errant son from some far-flung country and hauls his naughty butt back home to daddy, who then pays the Rock a large amount of money. I won’t ruin the ending but the Rock does a little bit of shoving people around. He does a lot of shoving in the beginning as well. In the movie, he’s known as a “Retrieval Expert.” In layman’s terms, that’s “I am gon’ buss you up."
That’s the movies, though.
In real life, shoving people around—bullying them--is really NOT funny. It's just plain mean.
There’s a new movie out, aptly entitled Bully. It has garnered a lot of attention, most specifically because of the rating, which was initially set at R by the MPAA.
Bad idea. Why on earth would they want to keep out the very age group that would benefit most from a movie about bullying?
In elementary school, the taunts are simple. You’re a fatty. You’re stinky. You’re stupid. It’s enough to make your kid come home from school crying, and certainly enough to ruin their day when someone (or several someones) makes fun of them or shoves them around.
As their parent, you would love to exact revenge on the bully. As their responsible parent, you are forced to merely console your child and tell the teacher.
Bullying in middle school is a whole different story. The Internet has started to play a pretty big part now, as most kids this age have Facebook pages and smart phones. Enter the age of cyberbullying.
High school (cue 'Exorcist' music) is where bullied children experience escalated violence -- getting shoved on the bus, shoved into lockers and shoved into bathroom stalls. Those bullied are made fun of, kicked, poked, laughed at, beat up. Some of those terrorized kids end the bullying in the most permanent and tragic ways possible—by ending their own lives.
There is a petition that exists (I signed it, along with many, many others) to change the rating of the Bully movie to “unrated” in order to allow more children to see it. Apparently this petition was a pretty big hit because the movie is now unrated.
I want to see this movie. For any of you who have been bullied, it’s a must-see. If you have children who are being bullied, it’s a must-see. If you bullied people when you were in school years ago, you should see this movie … and if you are bullying fellow students in school (or at home or in your neighborhood), you should definitely see this movie.
It's no Rundown. It doesn’t feature a big, burly star. From what I understand, however, this movie will show real life examples of what happens all over the United States in schools, playgrounds, buses and neighborhoods. Hopefully, it will give hope to those who are being bullied and show those doing the bullying what profound effects their behavior has on their victims.
Bullying has to stop.