News Anchorwoman Gives A Bully A Piece of Her Mind

There’s nothing like the scorn of an angry woman.. especially when it is the result of a taunting & bullying message.

WKBT news anchor Jennifer Livingston enlightened viewers with a dose of reality after receiving an anonymous letter discussing her overweight appearance & how she is a bad example for the community. Not only did she show courageousness by publicly sharing the letter with her audience, but she has also inspired us all to learn a big lesson from this – words hurt people. It is our job as individuals (even more importantly as parents & caretakers) to set positive examples of human behavior, starting at childhood. However, I also believe that this doesn’t end there — as adults, we also understand the impact bullying has (whether or not from personal experience) and we must tell each other when we know something is wrong. We’ve all dealt with bullying at one point in our lives – it only continues to worsen if not addressed early on.

After her story went online, flocks of people (friends & strangers) expressed their disgust about this letter and support for the admirable person Livingston is (outside & in.) She’s set a great example for individuals that may be scared to speak up when being bullied by telling them it is unacceptable.

Actually, it’s quite simple. As the saying goes, “treat others as you would want to be treated”. While simple and succinct, this phrase nails the topic right on its head.

Advertisements

Link

I urge everyone to watch this trailer and make your way to theaters on March 30 to see Bully. It’s no secret that bullying is one of the most prevalent forms of violence/abuse, especially for young children. But, this film sheds a big spotlight in exposing the dangers of bullying and the alarming disconnect between students, teachers and their parents when it comes to children’s behavior and how it affects their peers.

The Weinstein Company is facing challenges as the MPAA initially gave Bully an R-rating because of foul language. However, this will prevent its core demographic to see the film and see bullying first hand from several points-of-view. Please join me and sign the petition to get 300,000 names to help overturn the MPAA and give the film a PG-13 rating [those who should really be seeing this film.]

Give a voice to those with a soft voice and for those who no longer have a voice because of the tragic effects bullying had on them.

WWE & GLAAD Play Nice and Promote Anti-Bullying

GLAAD took it upon themselves to contact WWE directly after its employees heard the homophobic slurs that were spoken by fighter John Cena.

Last month, he was yelling out slurs about former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who left the WWE to pursue his acting career. Cena said, “Just don’t go racing to Witch Mountain, Rock, cause your mountain is Brokeback,”* making references to his Disney movies.

Cena took it a step further a week later by bashing on current champion, “The Miz”, which included, “…Now The Miz and Alex Riley are co-champions and to celebrate it they’re going to move in together. They’re going to buy one of those tandem bikes and ride to bed bath and beyond to buy some duvets.”**

Since WWE dialogue is sceripted, (just like any other TV show), this is where GLAAD became concerned. When reaching out to the WWE, they were extremely sympathetic and issud a formal apology to GLAAD:

 

“WWE takes this issue very seriously, and has already spoken with our talent about these incidents. We are taking steps and working with GLAAD to ensure that our fans know that WWE is against bullying or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. We strongly value our fans in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and apologize to them for these incidents.”***

Now that they’ve moved on, the two organizations are working together to create an anti-bully campaign, as the WWE’s goal is to maintain its biggest demographic – young, active men while respecting other individuals and doing its best to use its power to the best of its ability.

Sources:

*http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/03/22/WWE_Pledges_Smackdown_on_Bullying/

**http://www.prowrestling.com/article/news/18049

***http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/wwe-news/glaad-upset-over-john-cena-rap.php