Troy Mayor's Anti-Gay Post Inspires Lesbian Mom to Create Anti-Bullying Film

Amy Weber, the Birmingham woman who spoke up against Troy Mayor Janice Daniels at a December Troy City Council meeting, is working on the fictional documentary-style movie 'The Bully Chronicles' to raise bullying awareness.


It's a hot topic, it's seemingly everywhere, and it's the focus of award-winning Birmingham filmmaker and lesbian mom Amy Weber's upcoming film, The Bully Chronicles.

"In light of the , as well as for kids across this country struggling each and every day, I have decided to move forward with a project that is very personal to me – The Bully Chronicles, a movement toward change in the form of a narrative feature film shot in an unscripted documentary style," Weber wrote in an email to Patch.

In December, Weber and her wife Tina stood up with their two young daughters to just days after the mayor's surfaced (see attached YouTube video).

Weber, who was named 2011 Michigan Filmmaker of the Year for her film Annabelle and Bear, is creator and producer of The Bully Chronicles, which tells the story of teenage bullying from the bully's point of view. The film will be locally filmed and produced with help from several local teenage producers, including 17-year-old Katy Butler, who started the petition that changed the rating of the controversial movie Bully from R to PG-13. Weber will also be holding an

"As I have reflected over the past several months since the experience with Mayor Daniels, I realized one unsettling contradiction that has inspired this film to come to life," Weber wrote. "How can we ever expect our children in this country to treat each other with kindness, love and respect when we, as adults, display cruelty, discrimination and hate toward one another on a global level, disguising it as 'values'?

"It is our responsibility as adults leading children to lead by example, which many courageously did after Mayor Daniels' comments," Weber continued. "When we allow public leaders and prominent figures to use their position of power and 'popularity' in any negative way toward a person or group of people, we are sending a message loud and clear to our kids: bullying is okay as long as it is justified and the views are shared by the majority."

For more information about The Bully Chronicles, including cast and crew biographies, visit thebullychronicles.com. To donate to the project, click here. For complete coverage of Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, visit our special topic page.

Mike Ritter May 11, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Three cheers for standing up against idiots who profess hate and intolerance.
Ron Butterbaugh May 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Well said Amy. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT JANICE DANIELS DOES NOT REPRESENT THE MAJORITY OF THE RESIDENTS OF TROY. Her beliefs and values are NOT what Troy is all about. Thank you for standing up to her bullying in such a positive way. Can't wait to see the film.
Angela Youngblood May 12, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The trailer is amazing and painful to watch. I truly can't wait to see the film. Bravo Amy Weber and thanks Jen Anesi for sharing her story.
Lucille Musser Arking May 12, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Amy , Thank you for the efforts of this film. It is ignorance and fear more than hate that causes bullying . Intolerance is always about ignorance . Behaving badly is about fear and intolerance . All this can be corrected by education . This film is a good start . As a Troy resident it hurts me to have my town gat a image of ignorance.
fisherdb May 13, 2012 at 03:13 AM
If you don't live in Troy, why get involved in our politics!!!
John David May 13, 2012 at 07:26 PM
That's funny. It was Daniels' comment regarding NYC's politics that raised the issue in the first place.
Daffy Noodnicks May 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Then I suppose you would agree that national "tea party" organizations should stay out of our local politics too, if you don't think a woman who lives in the city next to Troy should be able to express an opinion.
Anonymous May 14, 2012 at 02:28 AM
It's amazing that her comment raised all this havoc by the media because it was the "media" that created the "new" definition of queer. When I was growing up, queer meant weird not gay and there are probably both liberals and conservatives out there who would agree with me.
John David May 14, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Anonymous, This is what Janice Daniels wrote “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there”. She clearly was referring to NYC legalizing same sex marriage and used queer as a reference to homosexuals. It was a clearly negative comment.. I don’t know when you grew up, but I’m old enough to know that queer was used as a pejorative for homosexuals at least in the 60s and 70s. So, from my knowledge, the word as used by Janice Daniels was not made up by the media. It is amazing what havoc has been raised, by Janice Daniels writing that comment, and what she did afterwards.


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