Thoughts on Bullying

Thoughts on Bullying

Posted on September 4 by Isabelle Laflèche in Fiction, Recent Releases, Teens
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It’s that time of year again: back to school.

And what if inclusivity and anti-bullying were the new fashionable accessories for fall?

The popular fashion brand Hollister recently announced a cool collaboration with recording artists Khalid and Noah Cyrus to promote these topics in connection with a fun advertising campaign, because anti-bullying and inclusivity are now back in style.

It’s hip and it’s on point.

And that’s what Clementine Liu, the main character of my new novel, Bonjour Girl, believes too.

These are the topics that she sets out to promote on her new blog, Bonjour Girl.  Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates her online project or her points of view, and she’s on the receiving end of hurtful remarks and vicious attacks.

The story is also about how she finds the inner strength and creative ways to overcome these attacks and come out on top to pursue her dreams.

Just like Clementine, I always wonder what it is that motivates people to show hate toward others online. Insecurity? Jealousy? Whatever the case may be, I think it’s time that we all take a close look in the mirror and ask ourselves how we can stop this epidemic that leaves others hurt and broken.

Before posting anything hurtful online, we should ask ourselves: is what I’m saying, posting and sharing in alignment with making others feel good, or bad? Am I promoting joy, or sorrow? Because in the end, what we communicate always comes back.

So, during this exciting new season of shopping for new clothes and cool accessories, instead of trying to show our worth through what we’re wearing or buying, why not do it through cheaper and more fulfilling alternatives: kindness and compassion.

Aretha Franklin, the uber-talented singer who left us last week, said it best when she sang about respect. More than a little bit, it’s time to step up to the plate and show lots of it.