Contest is premiering on Cartoon Network this weekend, and the stars of the movie, Kenton Duty, Kat McNamara and Danny Flaherty are all incredibly excited to see it air. But, not only because it’s an entertaining movie to watch – it has a meaningful message, too.
In Contest, Kenton’s character, Matt, bullies Danny’s character, Tommy, until he realizes how wrong it is and actually end ups developing a friendship with him. Since Kat and Kenton were both bullied in school, they dished on exactly what they want everyone to take out of it.
“One thing I want viewers to take away from this film is that bullying is a real issue,” Kat EXCLUSIVELY tells J-14.com. “Everyone talks about it and almost every school has a bullying prevention program, but we really do need to take it seriously – it's a serious epidemic in the nation and it's something that needs to change. And more importantly, it's something that kids have the power to change."
Kenton agrees, saying, “What I hope is that the kid who is being bullied will learn that it's good for you to inform your friends because they'll have your back. I want the kid who is the bully to have a light bulb go off. Then from the third person point of view, I want them to learn that it's their job to speak up as well. It's not always easy for the person being bullied to speak up because of all the threats that are being made.”
Since Daniel’s character was picked on throughout the film, he's very passionate about making sure the audience takes away as much as they can from Tommy's experience.
“I want kids to walk away from Contest knowing they are never alone. There is always someone, somewhere that can help,” Danny tells J-14.com. “I also want kids to know they can choose to be that person — the person to take a stand against bullying. We need every kid to help and make a difference. Hopefully this movie will finally help stop the torment of innocent classmates.”
Be sure to tune into Cartoon Network this Sunday, October 6th at 6 pm ET/PT to not only see the film, but Kat, Kenton and Danny’s music videos as well!
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