Posts Tagged ‘bully’
Friday, January 18th, 2013
In an interview with Oprah on her show The Next Chapter, spread over two nights — Jan. 17 & 18 — disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted publicly that he used drugs to climb to the top of the racing world. Remarkably, he professed that he had become a “bully.” His words, not ours.
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Monday, October 8th, 2012
Let me be clear. There are not “2 sides” to this story. Bullying is not conflict of an intellectual nature between two people with equivalent power.
Bullying is an uninvited, unwanted assault that is initiated unilaterally. Sometimes by committee as when there are several perpetrators. But it is never started at the invitation of the targeted person.
It’s assault, a non-physical series of repeated attacks. It stops short of battery, physical contact. But it is a form of workplace violence. The cruelest bullies are innovative. They are harmful but rarely are held accountable. Instead, targets are blamed for their fate and held responsible. Strange?
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
I’m asked constantly to distinguish a tough boss from a bully boss. First, not all bullies are bosses, but bosses do comprise the majority of bullies (72% according to the WBI US National Survey). Second, let’s define “boss” as a person who has the authority to assign work and who delivers or withholds acknowledgment and credit for work done. Bosses can be leads, supervisors, managers, directors or executives.
There are 3 major ways tough bosses differ from bullies.
Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Bully: The Sequel
By Cindy Waitt and Dr. Alan Heisterkamp, Huffington Post, May 15, 2012
Cindy Waitt is the Executive Director of the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention and Executive Producer of the documentary “Bully”. She co sponsored the first U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute in 2007, and, with her brother, Ted, has been a lead supporter of Futures without Violence’s campaign “Coaching Boys into Men” and Jackson Katz’s “Mentors in Violence Prevention” for the past decade. She is Executive Producer, with Gloria Steinem and Kit Gruelle, of the upcoming documentary “Private Violence: the anti battering movement in America”.
Both Cindy and Alan are WBI colleagues. WIVP made it possible for the Sioux City Schools to become the first district in the U.S. to adopt our workplace bullying prevention and correction program.
Read their essay below.
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Remember bullying was once excused as a “rite of passage” for children. No longer. Gary Trudeau is brilliant with “Bullies are people, too, my friend” and (Hate crimes) are “part of growing up, my friend” lines. See for yourself.
Monday, May 7th, 2012
Taking up the full front page of the Sunday April 22 edition of the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal newspaper was an editorial written by the Journal editorial board screaming the headline:
WE MUST STOP BULLYING. IT STARTS HERE. IT STARTS NOW.
Here is the text of the editorial
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
The filmmakers behind “Bully” — the lauded documentary about the national bullying epidemic — stood up to the system and won.
The Weinstein Co. said Thursday that after cutting a few F-bombs from the piece, they got its R rating reduced to a PG-13.
The Motion Picture Association of America’s ruling means the flick’s target audience can now get in without dragging mom and dad to it. The original R-rating met anyone under 17 couldn’t get in solo.
The one crucial scene on a bus where a 12-year-old is tormented is left in, F-bombs and all. A few curses in other scenes were cut.
“This was the scene that carried all of the emotional weight of the movie, the language was so representative of the experience of bullying and I would not budge,” director Lee Hirsch told the Daily News.
Despite the appearance of a compromise, the MPAA did not actually relent in its arbitrary decision – Lee Hirsch still had to alter the contents of his documentary. Ultimately, the ratings change will mean that students can now see the film on school campuses, which is where it is most needed.
But in many ways this incident paints the MPAA in a bad light. The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips asks a great question, “How can ‘Bully’s’ profanity equal ‘Saw’-type violence?” For those who are not familiar, the ‘Saw’ movie series depicts graphic scenes of violence and torture. It has lead to a string of copycat films of varying grotesquery, each trying to out-shock the next. Yet all of ‘Saw’s’ six installments (and the copycat films that followed) were given an ‘R’ rating by the MPAA.
‘Bully’ is a perfect film to contrast with the ‘Saw’ series. The violence which Alex Libby faces every day is real, not an act, and the dialogue isn’t scripted. The swearing actually means something because it’s not fiction. But worst of all: the subjects are children.
The MPAA has said, effectively, that depictions of real violence and bad language by children is worse for American audiences to see than are fake scenes of violent, torturous murders involving young men and women. Shouldn’t they at least be judged equally? This is a problem that has everything to do with an arbitrary ratings system – where only a small minority of powerful individuals – get to define morality for everyone else. The end result is truly warped by their narrow, ideologically driven, personal points of view. But maybe now, especially after ‘Bully,’ people are finally beginning to take notice and ask questions.
Do you believe that the controversy over ‘Bully’ will change the way films are rated in America?
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
WBI filmmaker friends, director Lee Hirsch and producer Cynthia Lowen, have created a wonderful documentary to be released in theaters March 30 — Bully, originally The Bully Project. Lee is a former Sundance award winner who visited Sioux City, Iowa to film groundbreaking events by the Sioux City Community Schools. (The district was the first to adopt our adult anti-bullying program.)
Bully, the documentary, is the result of Hirsch and Lowen’s focus on children, not the adults. The Weinstein Company (the Miramax founders and producers of The Artist, and My Week with Marilyn) saw the film at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and will distribute it.
Today, the MPAA (the film rating board of dubious integrity and questionable purpose, see the film This Film Has Not Yet Been Rated to understand MPAA arbitrary, outrageous hypocrisy) assigned Bully an “R” rating. The film chronicles stories about five bullied students all under 17 and two families touched by suicide. The R rating — based on a single bullying sprinkled with the bully’s profanity — could prevent bullied kids from seeing the film.
Paul Gausman, superintendent of Sioux City Schools, where the film project began, told the Sioux City Journal that the district does not show movies with foul language or graphic material and with a running time of 94 minutes, the film is also too long to show. So no education for district kids with friends featured in the film.