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And for this week’s Friday Frivolity, we have this piece at Cracked.com: “5 Bad Ideas for Dealing With Bullies You Learned in Movies.”
The Cracked template for this kind of piece is to apply science to some common issue, with boob jokes and cursing, resulting in an amusing piece. That’s their M.O. but in this case, rather than using anything resembling science the author, John Cheese, mainly draws on personal experience. Some samples:
When my brother was in elementary school, he had a couple of kids who would regularly push him around at recess. It got to the point where…
In my experience, I’ve found that if you can manage to pull it off, ignoring works in most cases. Since the [censored] is looking for attention fuel…
Through most of middle school, my brother and I were terrorized by two brothers who lived down the block. They had pretty severe emotional problems. They came from a family of career criminals who were openly abusive to them, and in turn, they took out their anger on anyone they considered weak…
And it goes on and on like this. There is no attempt to talk about bullying as a phenomenon, just the jerks this guy and his brother had to contend with growing up. I mean, I’ll grant that Hollywood treats the issue of bullying about as realistically as they treat any other subject…
(Seriously, do not take legal advice from a movie. Ever.)
…and I don’t think anyone’s experiences on the playground resemble the movies, with only a few notable exceptions. But this article reads more like therapy for the author than the usual mix of surprising information, bad words and dirty jokes that usually makes a quality Cracked.com piece.
You know, like this one. Seriously, that “White Death” dude is awesome!
(By the way, language warning on all of the links.)
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]