Bully Is Loved By Everyone--Except One Gay Magazine

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I haven't been invited to see Lee Hirsch's Bully -- the new documentary about anti-gay bullying among the young -- a fact that reeks of an absurdity unrivaled since I wasn't invited to the Wigstock movie, for Chrissake!

But I will surely see it, as has every other critic in America.

And they praised it, generally finding the film moving, disturbing, and important.

Ninety-three percent of them gave it a thumbs-up -- but I'm here to inform you that the local gay mag Next, which many gays turn to for cultural tips, begs to differ.

That mag's Dan Heching claims that only 20 of the film's 90 minutes are truly worthwhile.

He calls Bully "well-meaning" but explains:

"The documentary's effectiveness is limited by its tendency to tug on heartstrings with little else to offer.

"For better or worse, the grieving and pain Hirsch depicts gravely overshadows the matter at hand at the expense of exploring possible causes or ways to curb it.

"Bully never once pursues the bullies themselves to hear why they do what they do."

You can now expect some film company bully to call me screaming.



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5 comments
Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

Yea, the "logic" probably goes no deeper than "everyone else is doing it"...."we don't like him".

Parvenu
Parvenu

I agree, they don't really deal in logic, They're just dumb powerless people looking for power. So I doubt they'd have much insight into their own psychology. But worth a try anyway.

Kscottcoffman
Kscottcoffman

Wouldn't do much good to interview the bullies--based on my experiences as a victim, I can almost guarantee they can't state the real reason they mistreat others.  Oh, they'll have a "reason" of some sort to blame, but I'll wager there is a deeper, root cause that they cannot even verbalize.

Vidi
Vidi

Good for Next mag for speaking their mind instead of toeing the party line.

Houston King
Houston King

Michael - hey Houston King here.  We met with Will and Amber Becton years ago and I got you tickets to Andrew Bujalski's Mutual Appreciation.   Send me an email if you want a tickets to see Bully at the Angelika.  houstonbking@gmail.com

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