President Obama speaks out against bullying in an upcoming documentary that will air on the Cartoon Network this weekend. The president introduces the 30-minute film calling on students, parents and teachers to take a preventative stand on bullying. Titled “Speak Up,” the documentary marks the Cartoon Network’s first anti-bullying documentary. It also features tennis star Venus Williams former NBA star Chris Webber and several NASCAR race drivers. “Speak Up” is scheduled to air Sunday on the Cartoon Network at 5:30 pm Eastern time and again at 8:00 pm Eastern.
The broadcast comes just ahead of the release of the more expansive documentary, “Bully,” which will be released theatrically. “Bully” has generated much controversy over the Motion Picture Association of America’s decision to give it an “R” rating. Critics say the restrictive rating will keep children who are the film’s target audience from seeing the documentary.