“Bully” is a sincere documentary but not a great one. We feel sympathy for the victims, and their parents or friends, but the film helplessly seems to treat bullying as a problem without a solution. I can think of one thing that might help. Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other “isms” grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity. Teaching prejudice to a child is itself a form of bullying. You’ve got to be taught to hate.
After all the fuss over it’s original R rating and the Weinsteins fight with the MPAA to get it down to PG 13 it was interesting to read Roger Ebert’s take on Bully.
Then I watched this weeks South Park where they’ve parodied both Bully and the Kony 2012 saga and Kyle asks the question;
“If you really think every kid in America should see your anti-bullying movie, then why don’t you put it on the internet for free?”