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THIS JUST IN: Scut Farkus of A Christmas Story Hates Bullies

THIS JUST IN 2Over the holidays, we all have traditions. Some are the banes of our existence and others we choose to embrace.

Many of us go to family get-togethers and use our Shazam app to discover who in the hell just came in the front door. Others fight over the turkey leg with that drunk Uncle Ed (we all have one of those). Several folk debate the genuine thought of procrastination that goes into a $25 gift card from Sears. And then there are folk like me who insist on joining TBS in the 24-hour-marathon of the greatness that is “A Christmas Story.”

You know, Scut Farkus? He’s the bully with yellow eyes … yellow eyes. So, help me God, yellow eyes! Whelp, aside from acting, his life is a paradox of his on-screen debut. And it’s kinda cool too.

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Green Giant Joins the Anti-Bullying Team

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and school bullies may be the only people less popular than the United States Congress today. Even Jesse Pinkman has helped organize a campaign to thwart them, and at this point it almost feels like any brand that doesn’t take a stand against bullies is encouraging the little bastards.

Green Giant is the latest company to enter the fray, but their approach is different: they’re marketing to parents rather than the teens who have to walk the school halls every day. The “Raise a Giant” campaign, created in partnership with the Pacer Center for children with disabilities, encourages moms and dads to help teach their children the appropriate way to counter a tormentor: stand up and tell them that you’re not going to take it anymore.

There’s a social component to the campaign too, of course:

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Deadspin Shows Donald Trump the New Way to Do PR

Sports blog Deadspin received far more attention than usual this week thanks to its blockbuster reporting on the Manti Te’o fake girlfriend scandal/PR stunt (we still think he’s full of it, but time will tell).

In fact, the article even got a bit of unsolicited praise from everyone’s least favorite hair-challenged blowhard, Donald Trump. And Deadspin used the opportunity to demonstrate its own frank version of public relations:

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Well then! Of course, this quickly inspired Trump to rethink his opinion of the site and the people who run it:

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Are We All ‘Bullies’ Now?

Google the words “Biden bully” today and you’ll see a surfeit of defensive responses to last night’s debate, which most polls found to be a moderate win for the current Vice President. (We’re not sure how we’d come down on that issue, but it was certainly more entertaining than last week’s snooze-fest.)

But is this really the appropriate response to a debate between political candidates? Has anyone seen how they do things overseas? Check out Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s bombastic rant labeling opposition leader Tony Abbot a misogynist and a hypocrite if you really want to see a politician on the receiving end of an epic beat down.

Even The Wall Street Journal op-ed page ran an article titled “The Bully vs. The Wonk.” We get it—your editorial team doesn’t much care for the Democratic Party. In other shocking revelations, we hear that fire is hot and water is wet. We’re not saying Biden didn’t show obvious contempt for his opponent, but is The Wall Street Journal seriously arguing that debates should be more respectful? Of course not–they’re just making up for the fact that their guy got pummeled, and this is the best line they could come up with. But wait, don’t both sides do it? Of course they do. In fact, we’re a little surprised we didn’t notice anyone calling Mitt Romney a “bully” last week.

So let’s consider: Has the word lost all meaning?

Here’s another example: We all cheered for newscaster Jennifer Livingston when she called out the man who had the audacity to fatshame her, but was “bully” really the right word for him?

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