- By Zack Hargrove
Of all the ideas the modern celebrities share with us in the field of media, the topic of bullying is one of the most underrated and important ones they rarely get to talk about.
Whether their opinion is important to the public or not, their acknowledgement of school, workplace and cyberbullying helps to raise the general awareness of this problem.
Although it not always helps to solve the situation of each individual, it definitely reminds each of them that they are not alone. And most importantly – it helps to shape the proper attitude for facing and overcoming this struggle.
“Put the most successful men and women in the world in one room, and ask them to put their hands up to see which ones were bullied. Most of ’em!”
“This isn’t a high school thing or an age thing. It’s a people thing. People cut other people down out of jealousy, because of something broken inside them, or for no reason at all. Just don’t let them change you or stop you from singing or dancing around to your favorite song.”
“If somebody attacks me with words, I’m always like, ‘Do you know me? Do you know me that well? Let’s have a beer and talk about it.’”
“I was called really horrible, profane names very loudly in front of huge crowds of people, and my schoolwork suffered at one point. I didn’t want to go to class. And I was a straight-A student, so there was a certain point in my high-school years where I just couldn’t even focus on class because I was so embarrassed all the time.
“I was so ashamed of who I was … To this day, some of my closest friends say, ‘Gaga, you know, everything’s great. You’re a singer; your dreams have come true.’ But, still, when certain things are said to you over and over again as you’re growing up, it stays with you and you wonder if they’re true.”
“I had some situations where people would say something and something would happen… I felt like I needed to be able to defend myself.”
“Well, I listened [to the bullies] at first. I couldn’t help it. You try to shut it off, and I couldn’t, and then I realized why I couldn’t. I hadn’t learned to love myself yet. I hadn’t gotten there. And if you don’t love yourself, when someone else says horrible things to you, a part of you is always going to believe them.
“So then I was like, ‘Okay, I don’t want to believe these people. I don’t want to agree with them on any level. I’m going to figure out who I am. I’m going to learn who I am and I don’t want to feel like I’m fragile every time I leave the house because I’m so dependent on what other people think about me.’”
“I have a lot of hatred and aggression that builds up in my body when I see anyone being picked on for being different. It doesn’t make me any better if I see someone getting picked on, and then go and pick on that other person – that’s not going to solve anything.
“It’s about having the facility to take a deep breath and try to teach that person how what they’re doing can hurt another person. It’s about restraint and teaching kids that that’s not how to treat people. No-one is born racist or homophobic – that behaviour is taught.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
Zack Hargrove is a remote editor at writing services. Most of his topics are dedicated to music and unusual ways of strengthening scientific curiosity. He always looks forward to write about the world of the rock scene and to provide any other help at bookwormhub.com. You can always find him on Twitter @zackhargrovejr.
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