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i feel bad for those parents,but talking to the politicians won't really do much good.
they don't give a shit.
I disagree, but usually it takes a tragedy to get them to move. The fallout from Tyler Clementi's suicide last year got New Jersey to kick into high gear.
"Governor Chris Christie, of New Jersey, said, “I don’t know how those two folks are going to sleep at night, knowing that they contributed to driving that young man to that alternative.” Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative Rush Holt, both from New Jersey, introduced the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act."
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/02/06/120206fa_fact_parker (worth the 14 page read)
The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act requires colleges and universities receiving federal student aid funding to prohibit harassment and to establish a grant program to support campus anti-harassment programs.
Specifically, the legislation requires policies that prohibit harassment of enrolled students by other students, faculty, and staff based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion and requires colleges to distribute their anti-harassment policy to all students and employees, including prospective students and employees upon request. It also explicitly prohibits behavior often referred to as cyberbullying.
the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act is a perfect example of politicians creating a bullshit law just to appease folks
Yeah, that's pretty damn lame.
Interesting story in the story about this movie. The Weinstein Co. is so upset that the film was given an R rating (and their appeal denied) they may leave the MPAA. I think they have a pretty legit gripe. The movie can do the most good at its target audience of young teens...and the movie is being rated R because of the language used by 13 year olds.
Film Review: Bully
By: Nicholas Herum
Over the past few weeks Bully hysteria has taken hold across America. Sadly the hysteria has less to do with the film’s goal of ending bullying and more to do with the amount of swearing and the rating that follows. In an ironic twist of fate The Weinstein Company who is releasing Bully and the MPAA Rating Board have been locked in a bullying match of their own as each tries to browbeat the other into submission. After weeks of the MPAA trying to protect the ears and tender sensibilities of America’s youth and the Weinstein’s and their anti-bullying partners lobbying for a rating that would allow kids to see the film without parental supervision a compromise was reached… cut some of the language and receive a lower rating. Now the question is whether the hoopla over the rating was worth it or was it just a clever smokescreen designed to increase ticket sales?
READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/film-review-bully
I thought it was interesting, considering the normal fluff type posts that local news personalities put out on Facebook, that Carolyn Bruck had this to say:
I just saw one of the most important movies of our time- Bully. It's raw, unsettling, emotional and painful to watch, but it is so necessary. We all need to be the change- we all need to unite to make every child feel safe, loved and accepted just as they are.
I think her taking the time to post that made me want to see this movie even more.
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