The Weinstein Company's documentary on bullying in schools has received another show of support from teen pop star Justin Bieber.
The 18-year-old singer has provided the soundtrack for a new TV spot for the "Bully "documentary with his song "Born to Be Somebody." The clip, which premiered on Fandango.com, began airing on TV Monday.
“I was bullied,” Bieber told "Showbiz Tonight's" Kareen Wynter in an exclusive interview. "Most people in their lifetime have been bullied at some point. I think that it's about time that people start making a change."
"A lot of the time," he went on, "principals let it go, or teachers let it go, or other students just let it go, but I think this movie's really powerful and can help change a lot of lives."
Directed by Lee Hirsch, "Bully" explores the difficult topic of school bullying through the eyes of five students, and was at the center of the controversy when the MPAA denied it a PG-13 rating and gave it an R, thereby restricting access to the age group most affected by the film's subject.
Following a fervent campaign to change the film's rating, which had support from several high-profile celebs including Bieber, the MPAA did grant "Bully" a PG-13 assignation.
The important thing, Bieber continued, is to call attention to the problem. "If you're a bystander, too, tell somebody - because a lot of times, it's just not spoken of, and you ended up - you end up keeping it all inside, and then it just hurts even more.”
According to a statement from the Weinstein Company, Bieber was "one of the dozens of stars who helped #BullyMovie trend on Twitter recently raising further awareness as the film approached its release in theaters," and the superstar himself says he's been more than happy to offer support.
“My fans are always up for supporting a great cause. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of as an entertainer,” he says in the statement. “I hope they see 'Bully' with their friends and help start the conversation so we can end bullying.”
The documentary, already released in select theaters, will open wide in 25 markets on April 13.
If you've seen the movie, what'd you think?
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I have no idea what's going on here, but Sokman that was funny.
Dan, I hear you grew a mustache. Is that to hide the stretch marks from sucking d!ck?
the bullying of bieber? he probly got a swirly from the girls' softball team. and why are we not all ganging up on lojenk and running her sorry a$$ outta here?
@Red- I hear ya! I'm game!!
Probably cause she's funnier than your dumba55
Haters Haters Hater everywhere
.....and you're a blithering idiot. Do everyone a favor and have an accident cleaning your gun.
I can't believe this twit is still in the news.
lol what'd you think, a bunch of hateful youtube comments and rant videos about him were going to make him say "aw man all these ppl hate me, i guess i better leave now." rofl uh no u fail if you thought that >:) smh
the little weiner continues to be bullied millions of times a day- just look at any comments section on any website. major cyber melvins.
Sorry, my little friend, I'm not into guys. So you will have to look elsewhere for your next date. Lots of those on here who like to pump the rump & pack the fudge. I must decline, though. Not my thing!
Wooo – that is a cute girl.
I don't really care much for this kid. My question is "was he the daddy"? Did anybody hear the outcome?
Don't deny our love Danny,I mean didn't you just love the new pink lace thong I bought you?
I wonder how many weenie rubbings he has gave today?
Poor little Biener baby. I hope mommy gives him a bobble or passy. Poor liddle thing.
But isn't he possibly gay. ? It's cool to pick in gay people. I heard they like it.
Justin, you were not bullied enough. Too bad someone didn't pound you into oblivion before you became a singing hack.
JUSTIN YHU NEED TO STOP GOIN OUT WITH SELENA GOMEZ BECAUSE SHE HAS AIDS (HIV) AND I DONT WANT YHU TO GET THAT FROM HER SO REPLY BACK WEN YHU STOP MESSING WITH HER BYE BYE :) :)
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