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In reaction to many teen suicides that have resulted within the past few years due to bullying, many celebrities have joined together to support organizations such as Love is Louder, DoSomething.org, and Teens Against Bullying. These organizations as well as many more, attempt to put an end to the existence of bullying. These movements have encouraged many teens as well as celebrities to come forward with their stories of being harmed by the actions of others. Here are only a few of the many celebrities who have taken the stand against bullying.
10. Back in 2010, Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe took a stand against bullying in light of the timely increase of tragic teen suicides. In support of The Trevor Project, set up to remind students being bullied that they are not alone, Radcliffe spoke out to youths who were affected by hurtful words.
“These young people were bullied and tormented by people that should have been their friends. We have a responsibility to be better to each other, and accept each other’s differences regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ability, or religion and stand up for someone when they’re bullied.”
9. In April, Victoria Justice teamed up with MTV and DoSomething.org to kick off an anti-bullying campaign related to the documentary, Bully. Justice encouraged students to participate in an online quiz to explain their experiences with bullying. DoSomething.org and Bully publicly released the information acquired from the quiz results to show that bullying is an ongoing problem in schools today.
8. Miley Cyrus, one of many celebrities who admitted to being bullied in their past, spoke up on her Twitter in November of 2011. “By calling girls like me fat this is what you’re doing to other people. I Love MYSELF & if you could say the same you wouldn’t be sitting on your computer trying to hurt others,” Cyrus tweeted. Cyrus explained in her autobiography Miles To Go that she has been constantly dealing with bullies since a young girl. In the autobiography, Cyrus encourages others to speak up against bullying.
7. In November of 2010, actor Jim Carrey joined the national anti-bullying campaign. After playing the role of a closeted gay man in the film, I Love You Philip Morris, Carrey’s eyes were opened to the pain that those who experience bullying have to go through. From then on, Carrey spoke out against bullying, saying that anyone who bullies is no friend of his.
“Every time you look at somebody and think, ‘I don’t like that about that person,’ you just got to know that’s about you. Anybody who bullies anybody for any reason is no friend of mine,” Carrey told MTV.
6. During MTV’s A Conversation With President Obama in 2010, the president spoke out against cyberbullying.
“All of us have an obligation to think about how we’re treating other people. What we may think is funny or cute may end up being powerfully hurtful,” President Obama said at MTV’s forum.
5. Singer and actress Demi Lovato has been constantly speaking out against bullying any way that she can. She is a supporter of Teens Against Bullying, has been featured in STOMP Out Bullying videos and has participated in Disney Channel’s many anti-bullying messages. Recently, Lovato has continued to support the fight against bullying with a new campaign starting just this past September. Lovato has teamed up with Secret for their ‘Mean Stinks’ initiative. As a part of her continued promise to speak out against bullying, Lovato is attempting to make a statement by painting blue nail polish on her pinky finger. She has started this movement with New York City’s Young Women’s Leadership School and has asked girls to make this pledge as a way to show they will have a Drama Free School Year.
“I’ll definitely be wearing [the nail polish] starting soon,” Lovato said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a conversation starter: ‘Hey, why is your pinky blue?’ This is a pinky promise that I’m not going to bully people, that me and my friends are ganging up for good.”
4. Lady Gaga has set up the Born This Way Foundation to remind youths that they are to believe they are perfect the way that they are. In March of 2012, Gaga officially unveiled her Born This Way Foundation to fight against bullying at Harvard University. Gaga’s foundation has had a ripple affect as many other stars and fans have stood up in support of Gaga’s movement. The foundation, set up as a response to her hit single ‘Born This Way,’ attempts to send the message that race, religion, or sexual orientation should be appreciated and not discriminated.
3. The cast of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars spoke out against bullying in a 2011 PSA for GLAAD. The video clip set off an ‘Amplify Your Voice’ series of PSAs to show support for National Bullying Prevention Month and to encourage everyone to help put an end to bullying. The PSA featured Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, and MTV’s Vinny Guadagnino, as well as real students who have been affected by bullying.
2. This past April, Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson received the Van Guard award at the GLAAD Media Awards. This award is given to celebrities who help to increase the understanding of LGBT individuals, and become involved with anti-bullying groups. Hutcherson has been involved with the Straight But Not Narrow anti-bullying campaign, focusing on gay youth.
1. In 2010 numerous singers, actors, and athletes joined Ellen DeGeneres to send out an important anti-bullying message.