By Matthew Brooks
A personal story lead to an anti-bullying documentary. The film follows Andrew Cole’s efforts to compose an anti-bullying song. The British singer-songwriter inspired a wide range musicians and actors to join the project.
The movie is called “#NoJoke.”
It features contributions from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Jeff Goldblum, Meatloaf, Charlie Sheen, and the son of John Lennon, Julian.
Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers shares a personal story of bullying in the film, UCR says. Smith shares a story about being bullied by a “big, kinda tough girl” when he was in the seventh grade.
Without the participation of so many A-listers, the documentary may not have enjoyed the reach it is currently getting.
Producer Jason Loftus said, “Frankly, at the outset no one knew who Andrew was, and there was really no reason for them to do so. We’re thankful that so many of them cared. Some were affected by bullying – as victims or as bullies themselves – and wanted people to know they’re not alone.”
The documentary will be available through video-on-demand services starting October 22.