What can famous people say about bullying?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Famous people can speak out against bullying.

Adolescent bullying is something that almost everyone has experienced. When famous people speak out against bullying, it can be quite supportive to a person who is experiencing bullying. It  breeds connection.  For example, when Justin Timberlake says,  "I got slurs all the time because I was in music and art. But everything that you get picked on for is essentially what's going to make you sexy as an adult." Justin Timberlake shows us that someone who is being harassed for something can also be empowered by the things that they are being harassed for.  Mad Men star Christina Hendricks's words have the same effect:  "If I could go back and tell my 14-year-old self anything...it would be: 'Don't worry. You're going to be doing exactly what you want to be doing in 20 years, and those a***holes are still going to be a***holes.'" In both of these cases, famous people are connecting their experiences of harassment to real life.  Those who are feeling similar pain can recognize that they are not alone in their fight.  Famous people are often seen as "different" from others.  However, when they speak out against bullying, providing examples from their own life and how they overcame it, the results can be empowering because a human connection is made.