Daily Archives: October 16, 2012

Two stories on bullying, awful in different ways. A terrific “SNL” spoof. And “Homeland” brings Carrie to great highs and lows

Sadly, the issue of bullying doesn’t ever go away. It’s always out there, a nightmare for millions of kids in the world who suffer day after day.

Two stories from that world today, one much more tragic than the other, but both making me sad and angry.
First, you may have heard about the terrible tragedy of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, who killed herself last week but not before leaving behind this heartbreaking video, explaining, in index cards, why she felt she had to take her own life. I know it’s painful to watch, but if you can take it, it’s incredibly moving stuff.

The other bullying story is just one of supreme ignorance. So here’s the deal: Every year, in schools across the U.S. on Oct. 30, there’s something called “Mix it Up at Lunch Day,” sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

On this day, kids are encouraged to sit next to someone they wouldn’t normally talk to, exposing themselves to different kids, breaking up cliques, and maybe making students think twice about bullying someone in the halls.

Only this year, the American Family Association has urged schools not to participate in this worthy program. Why? Well, it’s obvious: They believe the project is “a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools.”

Come again?

Here’s what the N.Y. Times article says: “Although the suggested activities for Mix It Up at Lunch Day do not expressly address gay and lesbian students, the law center itself promotes equal treatment for gays and lesbians and that philosophy then informs the school program, he said.

“Anti-bullying legislation is exactly the same,” Mr. Fischer said. “It’s just another thinly veiled attempt to promote the homosexual agenda. No one is in favor of anyone getting bullied for any reason, but these anti-bullying policies become a mechanism for punishing Christian students who believe that homosexual behavior is not something that should be normalized.”

I cannot say strongly enough how disgusting I think the American Family Association is. That they can come out against an activity like this shows their own bigotry and closed-mindedness in new, mind-boggling ways.

**This is one of the funnier SNL skits I’ve seen in a while, a “spoof” of the iPhone 5 and its problems.

**Finally, another fantastic episode of “Homeland” Sunday night. (SPOILER ALERT: STOP READING HERE IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT.)

While there were again a few fantastic, hard-to-believe details (why didn’t Brody just walk away from the dying terrorist in the woods when Jess was on the phone with him, why did he have to kill him there?), this was a sensational and tense show. I love that Saul went right to Carrie’s house at the end to show her Brody’s suicide tape, finally pulling Carrie back from the brink after her failed suicide attempt.

I thought Jessica’s speech to the veterans was excellent, I loved that she’s finally gotten to the breaking point with her husband, and I thought Claire Danes’ acting  was phenomenal throughout.

When Estes at the CIA told her “you didn’t really think you were coming back here to get reinstated,” it was heartbreaking because you knew that’s exactly what she was thinking (and why the heck did the other agent get her hopes up by inviting her to a briefing, anyway?)

I wonder where they’re going to take the show next; truly, it could go a lot of ways. Will Estes try to squelch the suicide tape news, knowing how much it will hurt the VP? Will Carrie and Saul be the only ones with the balls to confront Brody?
Every week this show gets better and better.