Bully: The Documentary

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lee Hirsch, who directed and co-wrote the new documentary "Bully" (with Cynthia Lowen), discusses the film, his own history with bullying, and the popular petition to change the film's R rating so children can see it. The movie will open unrated on Friday, March 30. Kelby Johnson, an Oklahoma teenager who was bullied for being gay and who is in the film, also joins to discuss what happened to her.


Lee Hirsch and Kelby Johnson

Comments [11]

Alice J Klugherz from East Village New York city

I think we need to keep talking about this topic. Below is an incredable
very short video about the subject, so moving I watched it many times and
it awakened so many deep feelings I cryed each time, I urge you to watch it. Who ever made this is extremely talented:

Apr. 12 2012 08:27 AM
Jeanne from England

I was really disappointed that more time wasn't devoted to this issue. I feel very fortunate with the wonderful school my two sons attend and very sorry that so many kids go to schools with such uncaring environments.

Mar. 29 2012 09:13 AM
Yelena from Brooklyn, NY

I am glad it's out and the whole country is talking about it bullying and how to deal with it. Our kids' emotional and social development is as important as academics!

Mar. 28 2012 01:45 PM
Maureen Kehoe

I am an avid follower of Brian's show and have always been impressed with his interviewing style, but today's segment on "Bullying" was upsetting to me. When Brian's comment to the young girl who came out as a lesbian was ," You should have moved to N.Y. " was insensitive because it placed the blame on her for her bullying. He now was acting as a bully. Moreover, that comment is incorrect. Does he think that that kind of bullying doesn't go on in various New York communities? I was disappointed in Brian today!

Mar. 28 2012 11:20 AM

Growing up in SoCal in the 50s, as rough-and-ready as it could be, I don't remember any sustained bullying going on.

I tried to think of bullying I knew of or had heard of. Janis Joplin, of course, was bullied unmercifully growing up in Texas. Then I remembered my friend George, who had grown up in Texas. He was certainly bullied there. In fact, he was bullied by his 2nd grade teacher(!)

Maybe it was mainly Texas/Oklahoma then (of course, far more widespread throughout the country now, almost a fad).

Mar. 28 2012 10:59 AM
Elle from Brooklyn

I think this segment deserved more time.

Mar. 28 2012 10:59 AM

It's long past time the MPAA was simply put out of business. Parents: you don't want your kids to see some movie, tell them they can't go. If you can't exercise even that much authority, you've got bigger problems that need more thoroughgoing attention. Theater owners can exercise their own judgment as to what ages they wish to let in. Abolish the MPAA and a thousand web sites will provide all the info anyone needs about who should see what film. Most significantly, in the end, I'm unaware of any child whose life has been ruined by a film—though I've heard of quite a few who have been bettered.

Mar. 28 2012 10:59 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Really Brian!

That's you being sympathetic??? Telling the girl she should have moved to NY!

Really insensitive. And NY is no panacea either, lots of kids get bullied everyday--or does that not happen in the NY YOU live in.

Mar. 28 2012 10:57 AM
john from office

This says alot about the media and society. It is the coursening of the society. Alot has to do with the advent of Rap and the use of the word N---ger all the time and the b word all the time. I know I know it is art, I am stupid and racist.

The answer to any bully is to return the favor, he will then stop.

Mar. 28 2012 10:57 AM
Elle from Brooklyn

So often the kid who gets bullied by other gets becomes a target for teachers, too. I remember this going on when I was a kid, and apparently it still is.

Mar. 28 2012 10:55 AM
Elle from Brooklyn

This is SO upsetting for a parent to listen to.

Mar. 28 2012 10:54 AM

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