Last night’s episode of The X Factor NZ has served as a timely reminder that while bullying is a very real factor in our schools, it certainly doesn’t stop once we outgrow the playground.
X Factor NZ judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon laid into the appearance of contestant Joe Irvine, with Kills calling him a “laughing stock” and declaring “I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence”. The tirade was continued by Moon, comparing Joe to Psycho’s Norman Bates, saying “I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience”.
I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience
The comments sparked outrage on social media, and TV3, the channel that broadcasts X Factor NZ, has spoken out to say that it “does not condone bullying”. Bullying isn’t just an issue on high stakes reality TV shows however. In a study conducted by the University of Waikato, more than 1 in 5 respondents reported personal experience of bullying in the workplace. This can range from belittling remarks, dirty looks and public humiliation to verbal abuse and unwanted sexual approaches.
The important thing to know is that if you feel you’re being bullied, you don’t have to live with it. Click here for information on what exactly constitutes bullying and what you can do about it.