Bullying is one of the most pertinent issues in schools today. Thousands of children are bullied every day by their peers, whether physically, socially or verbally. These eight famous people confess their horrible bullying stories to let kids know that It Gets Better.
1. Lady Gaga
Stefani Germanotta, otherwise known as Lady Gaga, spoke about her upbringing on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Gaga said that although her family lived in an affluent neighborhood they worked hard for everything they had. The superstar also admitted that she wasn’t very popular at school saying, “I used to get made fun of for being either too provocative or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn’t fit in, and I felt like a freak.” Gaga recalls one bullying horror story saying, “The boys picked me up and threw me in the trash can on the street, on the corner of my block while all the other girls from the school were leaving and could see me in the trash. Everybody was laughing and I was even laughing. I had that nervous giggle, I remember even one of the girls looking at me like, ‘Are you about to cry? You’re pathetic.’ That’s what it felt like, you’re pathetic.” Today, Gaga inspires her fans through her Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on youth empowerment, self-confidence, anti-bullying, career development and mentoring.
2. Chris Colfer
The Glee star notes that although he wasn’t physically bullied, he remembers being socially and verbally assaulted throughout high school. Colfer said, “It definitely taught me to be quick on my feet with witty comebacks. I remember one time someone screamed ‘fag’ at me in the hallway, and I screamed back, ‘Yeah, but can you spell it?’ Everyone in the hallway laughed at the other kid; it was nice to reverse the abuse.” He states that he relates very closely to his character Kurt on the show, because he’s gone through many of the same situations. Colfer is an active supporter of the It Gets Better Campaign and The Trevor Project, he even dedicated his Golden Globe Award to bullied kids in the LGBT community in 2011. In 2013, Colfer filmed a PSA with Elmo about anti-bullying for Sesame Street in Communities.
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