THE SCENE: MUSICIANS OPPOSED TO BULLYING
Like I’ve said before, I have been in the underground music scene for a handful of years now. I’m still learning things every day, but there is one thing I saw right from the beginning: the bullying. Just because I wear tight clothing, straighten/style my hair, and listen to “different” music, people judge me before they even get to know me. When a lot people see skinny jeans on a guy, they think it’s weird or different because it’s not something they personally would do. As humans, we are all the same. We are all created equal, no one above or below the next. Over the years I have learned to just brush off all the ignorant comments, but they are still there. For some, it’s harder than others to ignore the hurtful words. The bullying needs to stop. People may not realize it when they’re saying it, but words are hurtful and sometimes we take them to heart. I’ve been called an array of words that I don’t find fit to repeat on here, but I think you get the idea. Something I have seen that’s becoming a lot more common that I can’t believe is the “hardcore” kids picking on the “scene” kids and all these other walls that are being put up between all these little cliques that have formed within our society. We need to learn to love everyone. No matter who they are, no matter where they came from, no matter what they listen to, no matter what they look like, the only way the scene is going to survive is if we come together as one and love endlessly.
I was looking around on Facebook today and found an organization that NEEDS to to be heard: Musicians Opposed to Bullying. Their mission is simple: put an end to bullying through music. MOB has come a very long way in a short amount of time. With PSA videos ranging from Michael “Jag” Jagmin of A Skylit Drive (below) and Justin Furstenfeld front man for Blue October, MOB has done a very good job at getting the word around about anti-bullying. But, they still need our help. We need to do our part in helping out any way we can. If you see someone getting bullied for any reason, step in and stop it. Whether you do it yourself or go get an adult, you’re doing the right thing. If you’re with a group of people that start ripping on someone, step up and say that it’s not cool. I don’t understand how someone can make themselves feel better by ruining someone else’s day. We learned this when we were little: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” It’s time that we grow up and put that to use. Let’s all help stop bullying. Musicians Opposed to Bullying is doing their part, are you doing yours?