A new video written by and starring teen celebs and real girls aims to eradicate mean girl behavior and inspire small acts of kindness for the #100kChooseKind challenge, in partnership with No Bully and The Kind Coalition.
NEW YORK - January 2019 – Written by Bestselling Teen Author and No Bully Ambassador Carrie Berk, "Girls Against Bullying" is No Bully's latest pubic service video that aims to eradicate mean girl behavior by teaching teens to practice empathy and become positive forces in the world. The video, which was created in partnership with The Kind Coalition and their efforts to record 100,000 acts of kindness in 2019 on social media (#100kChooseKind), features several teen celebrities who are lending their voices and influence to the project.
They include Tony-award-winning actress Oona Laurence, best known for her performance in Broadway’s Matilda and roles in The Beguiled, Pete’s Dragon, and Bad Moms; 16-year-old Heriditary star/Tony Honor of Excellence winner Milly Shapiro (who also serves as a teen ambassador for No Bully); 16-year-old Orange is the New Black star Donshea Hopkins; 19-year-old Project Runway Junior designer/activist Hawwaa Ibrahim; and Broadway actress Nerghiz Sarki. A group of 25 additional girls joined in for this empowering message: “We owe it to ourselves as women to support each other. We are the future. The voices of change. We can and we will make a difference in the world.”
The script for the video was written by 16-year-old bestselling author/playwright and influencer Carrie Berk and directed and produced by Kids of the Arts founder Laura Luc. “I wanted to bring awareness to how cruel girls can be towards each other, not just in school or the dance studio or in the cafeteria, but over social media as well,” says Carrie, who also serves as a teen ambassador for No Bully and narrates the video. “I’ve experienced it first hand—all of us participating in this video have. And I believe it has to stop. We should lift each other up instead of tear each other down.”
Director and producer of “Girls Against Bullying” Laura Luc adds that, "Bullying is not only amongst young girls, but women as well. We as women need to lead by example, in the way that we communicate with one another and by treating each other with respect. There is nothing better than being surrounded by an incredible and supportive group of women who are accomplishing great things. Now that's girl power."
From left: Donshea Hopkins, Hawwaa Ibrahim, Oona Laurence, Carrie Berk, Nerghiz Sarki, Milly Shapiro
The stars of the video all have their own comments on the important goal of standing up to bullying:
“This video is important to me because it shows that together we are strong and we should take the time to demonstrate compassion and empathy for each other.” Milly Shapiro
“I’m an advocate for No Bully because the only person that can beat you is you!” Donshea Hopkins
“My whole life, I was bullied online and in the small town I lived in for being different, dressing differently, and liking different things. Bullies can have a huge effect on an individual, so bringing awareness to the problem and teaching others how to respect people’s differences is the first step for changing this thing that seems so normalized now.” Hawwaa Ibrahim
“I'm an advocate for No Bully because no girl should ever let the cruel words of others define who they are. No matter your background, you deserve to feel loved, both by others and yourself. You are always enough.” Oona Laurence
“By taking a stand and treating everyone the way that you want to be treated, we can make a difference in the world.” Nerghiz Sarki
No Bully Advisory Board Member, Michelle Shapiro also comments that “the video is a great PSA and demonstrates inclusion—the polar opposite of bullying.”
Ensemble cast with Carrie Berk
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT
1. Share an act of kindness you gave or received on your social media
2. Challenge friends or family to do the same.
3. Hashtag 100KChooseKind!! Tag @nobully_org, @carrieberkk and @shopthekindco so we can reshare!