Entries in Bullying (5)


"Bully" Documentary to Be Released Without Rating

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Bully, the much-publicized documentary about teen bullying, will be released as an unrated film following an unsuccessful attempt by its distributor to overturn its R rating.

The Motion Picture Association of America gave Bully an R rating due to the use of profanity in the film.  The Weinstein Company lost an appeal of the rating by one vote.

The Weinstein Company has announced the unrated version of Bully will be released this Friday in New York City and Los Angeles.

Despite the announcement, Bully director Lee Hirsch told ABC News Radio that he and the Weinstein Company will continue to fight for a PG-13 rating.

"Bully is a film we would actually like our kids to see and think that is appropriate.  Whereas actually all of the sort of violence in films that are often PG-13 is more offensive to us or troubling or is sending the wrong message to our youth," Hirsch said.

An online petition started by a 17-year-old high school student in Michigan to lower the film's rating has received hundreds of thousands of signatures.  In addition, the documentary has received the support of celebrities including Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Kristy McNichol Comes Out of the Closet to Help Bullied Kids

Bobby Bank/WireImages(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristy McNichol, famous for her roles on the TV series “Family” and “Empty Nest,” has come out of the closet in an effort to help children being bullied.

McNichol, 49, has lived with her partner Martie Allen, for the past two decades.

She decided to make a statement about her sexuality and share a photo because she is “approaching 50″ and wants to “be open about who I am,” People Magazine reported.

She “is very sad about kids being bullied,” her publicist Jeff Ballard told People Magazine. “She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support. She would like to help others who feel different.”

McNichol was best known for her roles on the drama “Family,” for which she won two Emmy Awards, and later “Empty Nest.” She has also starred in several films, including “Little Darlings” in 1980 with Tatum O’Neal.

McNichol was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992, and subsequently ended her television career. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

“She is very happy and healthy,” says Ballard, according to People Magazine. “And she enjoys living a very private life.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


50 Cent Writing Novel About Bullying

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- 50 Cent will address the issue of bullying in a new book he's writing. The young adult novel Playground will focus on a 13-year-old bully who "finds redemption as he faces what he's done," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fiddy said in a statement, "I drew on events from my own childhood and adolescence, but was excited to see the story take on its own life. This book would have been very helpful for me growing up and now that I have a teenage son, it is my goal that this will have a positive influence on all teenagers."

Playground will be published by Razorbill and is due out next January. 50 Cent previously co-wrote the autobiography From Pieces to Weight and the self-help book The 50th Law.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Celebrities Sticking Up for Gay Teens After Recent Suicides

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio(LOS ANGELES) -- In September, at least five teenage boys committed suicide after being tormented for being gay -- most recently Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi.  Now, actors, musicians, comedians and celebrity personalities are making moves to stop teen bullying.

Kathy Griffin is donating all proceeds of her Dec. 16 comedy show at Los Angeles' Gibson Universal Amphitheatre to The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention among LGBT youth.  Advice columnist Dan Savage created the "It Gets Better" Project, in which people can upload videos to YouTube offering support and hope to LGBT teenagers. 

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton joined Savage's effort and is urging celebrities to jump on the bandwagon as well.

"I lost about 200,000 followers on Twitter because I was tweeting these celebrities to ask them to make videos," Hilton told ABC News.  "I don't regret it.  I'd do it again.  I'm happy I lost 200,000 followers on Twitter because I was able to get a lot of celebrities to make videos."

Among them: Tim Gunn, Sarah Silverman, Ashley Tisdale, Jewel and Eve.  The list keeps growing.  Hilton said he talked with Glee creator Ryan Murphy about having the cast of the Fox hit show make a video and working an anti-bullying theme into Glee's storyline.

Having once been a closeted gay teen in an all-boys high school, Hilton said he's wholeheartedly committed to this cause.

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Stars Open Up About Being Bullied 

Photo Courtesy - Tyler Clementi/FacebookIn the wake of the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who took his own life after his roommate allegedly posted a video online of him in an intimate moment with another man, celebrities want teens to know they were bullied, too, and survived it.

Chris Colfer plays a teased teen on Glee, which is not a stretch for a person who called himself a "human punching bag" in high school. "It really taught me to be quick on my feet," says Colfer. "Some of my witty comebacks are legendary."

Demi Lovato's experiences with bullying led to her involvement with PACER's Teens Against Bullying organization. On the organization's website, she posted: "They say 'Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you,' but that's not true. Words can hurt...Things were said to me that I still have not forgotten."

Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg tells People she was thrown down a flight of stairs by her school bully. Other famous victims include Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba, Ashley Tisdale, and Eva Mendes, who tells the magazine she eventually turned the tables on her tormentor: "When I finally stood up to my bully, that's when things changed for me."

On a related note, Project Runway host Tim Gunn released a video as part of the gay lifestyle support video series dubbed the It Gets Better Project, in which he admitted he tried to kill himself as a teenager.  He also touts the suicide prevention hotline The Trevor Project.´╗┐

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