The other half of the documentary deals with Cole’s reasoning to want to write this song. The film explores Cole’s past where he dealt with being bullied, almost thinking he was going to be killed at one point by a bully, and later on in the film, coming to a realization that he himself was once a bully. The documentary takes a good dive into the psychology of where Andrew Cole’s obsession with creating the anti-bullying song comes from. I think this is a really interesting aspect of the documentary because there is always a psychological effect on bullying both to the victim and the bully. The bully is obviously lashing out because of something deep inside that has affected him. In turn, the bully does so much damage to the victim that in time, that damages the victim’s psych if not dealt with in a timely manner.
“Can you believe that Sir Patrick Stewart was a bully?!“
Overall, I enjoyed the interviews from the actors and musicians as they shared their personal stories about bullying. Can you believe that Sir Patrick Stewart was a bully?! The Captain?! Professor X?! Who would have figured? You do eventually get to hear the final song recorded at the end of the documentary. Is the song a game-changer? Like the documentary, meh, probably not. But I do hope that it raises awareness about bullying because that certainly is a growing probably especially when it comes to the cyber world. #No Joke is a very interesting documentary that is about more than just a song.
"…a very interesting documentary that is about more than just a song."