Bullying is something that a lot of us can relate to and, lately, it seems to be a subject that has come into sharper focus during comic and sci-fi conventions. When I was a kid, bullying was just something that happened and was what some bad kids did. Even when I was beat-up, tied up with wire, gagged and left behind some bushes by neighborhood kids when I was very young, there were no consequences for the other kids other than a firm scolding. Which only made me a target for worse abuse. Thankfully, shortly after that I moved away. But my personal experience as the bullied was mild in comparison to what many others have to endure. Acts of unbelievable cruelty have driven some to take their own lives. It doesn’t have to be this way. Bullying is unacceptable and needs to end.
Chase Masterson is part of an anti-bullying initiative and has some wonderful human beings partnering with her to get the message out that bullying doesn’t need to be tolerated any longer. If you go to no other panels this week at SDCC, please make a point to be in Room 4 on Sunday at 4:00 PM for a life-changing discussion. Here are all the details about this amazing panel:
End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture
Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Join this life-changing discussion on how to overcome bullying, and learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. NOH8 makes it’s first-ever Comic-Con appearance, with founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley along with Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time), Brad Bell (Husbands), Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish), Bonnie Burton (Girls Against Girls: Why We are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change), Jenna Busch (entertainment editor, Fan TV), and Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Special topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, cyberbullying, and analyzing how media and entertainment affect attitudes toward bullying and aggression. Moderated by author (and mother of Katie the Star Wars Girl) Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear).
Sunday July 21, 2013 4:00pm – 5:00pm