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Celebs Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Bulling

Celebs Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Bulling

The recent suicide of Rutgers University Student Tyler Clementi, who was allegedly the victim of anti-gay bullying, has sparked Hollywood to react strongly.

“Something must be done,” says Ellen DeGeneres. “This needs to be a wake-up call to everyone: teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country, and the death rate is climbing.

Here’s what some other stars had to say. They spoke with MTV, which launched the Love Is Louder campaign to raise awareness about the issue:

Nicki Minaj: “I would encourage my gay fans to be fighters and to be brave. People face difficulties, no matter who you are. I know that suicide is never the answer and I know that things always get better. So I’m supporting you guys. I love you very, very much and for the people who don’t love you, they need help.”

Neil Patrick Harris: “If you’re getting bullied and feeling like you’re on the outskirts, it gets better. Because, when you get older, you find that people are actually drawn to individuals with different points of view who are proud of who they are and who make interesting and different and unique choices for them – at least I am.”

Lance Bass: “I was really shocked [by Tyler's death] – so many suicides so recently. You know the school year has just begun, so that obviously has something to do with it. It makes me so sad. It’s an unnecessary thing to do.”

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  • Julia

    Wow, Lance Bass, is that all you got to say? You deeply touched my heart.

  • Ganymede

    What was ‘anti-gay’ about it? It was an invasion of privacy for sure, but if Tyler had been having straight sex he might well have gone the same route. Putting someone’s personal life on the internet without their consent is to be condemned, but to make it a ‘gay’ issue is unreasonable. Jared should be concerned about anyone with political power or clout who wishes to ‘do something’ about this, because the only thing that could be done would involve legislation which would strangle free speech and severely hinder sites like this one.

  • Priscilla

    Tyler was probably targeted more because of his sexual orientation, but I tend to agree that it isn’t really a gay issue, but a moral one. A straight person might have been driven to the same desperation had their privacy been invaded and sex life put on public display. The roommate and his friend are vile creatures, and should be prosecuted tot fullest extent the law allows.

  • Philip

    I wonder if the ‘pro-life’ contingent will ever direct some energy towards the suicide rate amongst gay teens, perhaps recognizing that targeting gays and lesbians as second class citizens does have consequences. Why are conservatives so silent on this issue??

  • Sian

    I suspect that if there had been a tape of Tyler having straight sex he would have been applauded or at the very least not been mocked. What it boils down to is gay teens are bullied more often than their straight peers, so celebs speaking up about it is a good thing.
    Apart from that I fully agree with Priscilla’s assessment of the two students who put that tape online. Vile scum.

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  • Phoenix

    this is just awful, gay issue or not, its an invasion of privacy and i hope the people who leaked the tape get punishment to the full extent because since he committed suicide because of what they did technically it should become murder.

  • ok

    i don’t understand why celebs are now saying speaking out about suicide.

  • christy

    what are these people talking about, every other charater on tv is freaking queer. go back in the closet, please

  • to Ganymede

    what part of this do you have trouble understanding?? what happened at Rutgers University is a hate crime. This would not have happened if Tyler Clementi had been straight. Tyler was targeted because he was gay. what needs to happen is for the office of the united states attorney general to charge these two students involved with a violation of the “Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

    The act allows for added charges and harsher jail sentences for those convicted of what is deemed to be a hate crime, a crime against somebody’s race, religion, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, etc.

  • to Christy

    wake up, you stupid creature!! gays and lesbians are EVERYWHERE. they are the doctors and nurses in your hospitals. they are the airline pilots who fly the planes. They are teaching in schools. and yes, moron, they are even in the united military. these people are out of the closet and have no intention of going back in. now please grow a brain!!

  • http://website gayparent

    I wish we had laws to charge the 2 people who committed this terrible crime with murder. This is obviously a gay issue and a hate crime. Do you think that they would have done this if Tyler wasn’t gay?

    Parents, please, teach your kids about acceptance, people of any color, shape, and sexual orientation, just like parents’ acceptance of their children.

  • http://website gayparent

    Christy, i wish your sex life would be streamed on internet…
    why should gays be in a closet? what makes straight people more superior? you should be locked in a closet until you grow up. i cannot believe that people still didn’t wake up after this tragedy… what have gay people done to you?

  • CJ

    Bulling? I think you mean bullying… genius.

  • yeah right

    Now here this thing this acceptence as you call it is more or less telling people to go along with the homosexual thing or they are bigot’s. You know what else is weird i didn’t see these narcissistic moron’s speak out when that girl killed herself. Now since im not going to be a politically correct zombie about it homosexuality is just plain sick. Yeah its sad the kid died but does him being a homosexual make him special no but it happen’s. This tolerance you speak of is unrealistic and foolish its still taboo in most places. If anything these celeb’s are hypocrites. Now you can either be PC about it and preach the tolerance BS or you can just say its sad. Now let the predictable you hate homosexual’s responses begin.

  • christy

    those two kids aren’t going to spend 5 minutes in jail, their parents insurance company is gonna pay off the homos parents and that will be it. the parent s will make money. the college will have to give the homo parents more money, thats it. in the end it will be all about the money.

  • TT

    i’m seriously disturbed people on here are making homophobic and bigoted remarks. the fact that people still feel this way… passing judgment on someone else’s orientation when it’s none of your business – hiding behind a computer – you people are the ones the nation should prosecute and lock up along with bullies. how dare you cowards!

  • TT

    i know there’s freedom a speech but doesn’t give you the right to be a dumbass.

  • See

    @TT: Really how is that they express a point of view that you diagree with. Does that make them a bigot or homophobic no they just don’t agree with you. Now we could go your way of thinking lets just let everyone be happy and blah blah blah. Well guess what that is a materialistic and superfical way of thinking that is dangrous and destructive. Someone not being PC is a good thing it means they have their own thoughts and aren’t following the crowd or being a conformist. Cowerd’s though i think not considering i disagree with homosexuality openly.

  • to christy

    did you know that there are some people who consider to racism/bigotry to be a mental illness. congratulations, sunshine, you’ve just joined the ranks of the mentally ill. now then, pay attention if you can. if the office of the united states attorney takes over the case then it will fall under federal jurisdiction.

    it will then fall under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment. look it up, i assume you can read. once that happens, the parent’s insurance companies will not be able to do anything. no pay offs. and yes, stupid creature, those two students would then go to prison. but not a state prison; a federal one. now please do us all a favor and crawl back under your rock like the snake you are.

  • Haters Suck!

    Bravo, I could not have said that better myself. I’ve been saying those same things for a long time now. That’s one thing everyone has to understand, anyone can be brave from behind a computer.

  • to gayparent

    you ask what gay people have done to those idiots? the sad fact is; you exist. you have to know that small minded people attack what is both different and what they don’t understand. there are two choices here, you can either let it upset you to the point where you can’t think straight or you can ignore the fools and carry on with your life. i suggest you do the second. life is too short to do otherwise. and before you ask or think it, not that it should matter, i am 100 percent cauldron stirring straight. happily involved in a relationship with a man for over 5 years.

  • Kelly

    Where’s Matt Bomer?

  • Hypocrites

    @Haters Suck!: Ok now we have supposed tolerant people saying im a bigot if i don’t agree with them. Yeah that’s tolerance for you lol more like hypocrites don’t preach tolerance to me you intolerant hypocrite just don’t. Your not tolerant so stop with the BS ok.

  • F$%^8

    @to gayparent: Small minded really you know what im sick of this really its so F#%^* annoying and is just F%^&* up. Don’t F#$%^* preach to me like your some F$%^&& preach to me like you know me. Ok i don’t hate homosexual’s i just don’t agree with their lifestyle but that doesn’t make me small minded as you put it ever so well. F#%^*& i guess a lot of people are small minded then huh.

  • Haters Suck!

    I don’t remeber calling you a bigot. In fact I don’t remeber saying anything to u at all. Please show me where in my comment I said the word bigot. If you have a problem with what I say that’s fine it doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is when people cross the line with their comments. There is having an opinion and then there is being an a$$hole and being a jerk about it.

  • yeah right

    @Haters Suck!: Crossing the line what line is there to cross with this tolerant way of thinking really really. Really you think everything is ok just because it feel’s good or that people think it should be right. To be honest ive heard worse comment’s from the pro homosexual side then from the supposed bigot sides i keep on hearing about. Your sterotyping i know a lot of people who are against homosexual marriage they are very tolerant they just don’t want it shoved down there throats. As for being a A$$hole hmmm maybe but so are a lot of people on here so i don’t see the issue.

  • to 25

    thank you for confirming first that bigots like you really do suffer from a type of mental illness. and thank you for giving us all a wonderful example of a small minded person. you couldn’t have shown all us a better example oh, and you’ve also given us an example of what it means not to be very well educated. if you were, you would not need to use the F word so frequently.

  • rock n roll queen

    what happened is plain tragic and sadly not a unique incident many gay teens go to the same route as most of the time they dont have anyone schoolmates bully them parents r often homophobic they beleive that their life isnt worth anything and they r wrong and yet some people preach their pathetic religious speech that homosexuality is sin and a sick thing or say that they dont agree with their lifestyle as if they have the right to put restrictions on other peoples sex lives just bcause they have different opinions wake up that not what jesus taught its exactly how gandhi said it i like ur christ but i dont like ur christians ur christians r so unlike ur christ

  • Not Really

    @to 25: Oh by the way bigot doesn’t have anything to do with homosexuals just so you know. In fact i will go as far as to call you a bigot because as it turn’s out you fit the word to a T. You proved tolerance is a joke thank you especially from people who claim to be “open minded” and “tolerant” themselves. So way to go you hypocrite

  • sad

    @rock n roll queen: I feel sorry for the teen’s parents bullying is big issue these days. Again i don’t approve of the lifestyle but bullying is never ever a good thing. :(

  • to 31

    that’s what i love about people like you. it’s alright for you to jump up and down about the gays and lesbians; telling the world how evil they are. but when someone turns around and tells you that you’re a bigot you get upset. you can dish it out but can’t tolerate someone throwing it back on you. but hey, if you can’t stand the heat then….

  • seriously

    c’mon..this is not a hate crime….i’m not saying what the two did was right but…there were worse case of bullying happened in schools/unis….but normally these kids came from strong background and they’ve learnt to take on the challenge and came through it…i’ve been through tough times and came out of it…what these celebs should be championing now is to teach the youngs to be youth of spiritually strong characters and be positive despite challenges thrown at them….taking their own lives is never the answer..just don’t ride on the ‘gayhood activism’ coat..please…it is soooo overated!

  • seriously

    c’mon..this is not a hate crime….i’m not saying what the two did was right but…there were worse case of bullying happened in schools/unis….but normally these kids came from strong background and they’ve learnt to take on the challenge and came through it…i’ve been through tough times and came out of it…what these celebs should be championing now is to teach the youngs to be youth of spiritually strong characters and be positive despite challenges thrown at them….taking their own lives is never the answer..just don’t ride on the ‘gayhood activism’ coat..please…it is soooo overated!

  • Orlean

    I think this is gay issue too.

  • Ganymede

    @to Ganymede:
    Thank you for validating my point. The fact that there is a LAW that elevates my status over others by making a crime against me worse than a crime against my neighbor is just the sort of legislation I do NOT wish to see instituted in reaction to this tragic case. What they did was wrong, but it was not MORE wrong because gay sex was involved.

  • Pattycake


  • DT

    Tired of all the various segments of society that want “special considerations and/or treatment” under the law. Don’t believe in targeting people to hurt, don’t believe in special or honored treatment either.

  • F#%^*

    @to 31: Could you please stop with the bigot name calling you bigot. I never called homosexual’s evil nor do i hate them i don’t approve of their lifestyle. So you can stop with that stupid sterotyping talking point cause thats what im accusing you of sterotyping people who disagree.

  • Orlean

    This IS a gay issue. This is also a bully. Any girl who taped a sex scene will think about suicide, or actually does. But those two did it because he was gay and so laughable.

  • What’s next?

    Tragic for sure. It seems that society wants to label things incorrectly for the sake of PC. Anyone can be bullied for anything. Fat, skinny, glasses, clothes, gay, white, black, smart, dumb…Is it a hate crime? No. Same thing goes for people who want to disagree with people outside their race. Not racist. The world is harsh and cruel people, not sunshine, marshmallows and rainbows. There is no such thing as fair in nature. Humans have killed 100,000,000 other humans in the 20th century alone. S#!t happens.

    CJ…too funny. You corrected someone for misspelling a word and you misspelled it too.

  • Kelly

    Matt Bomer!!







  • james678

    @to Ganymede

    there’s no proof or even an indication that this kid was targeted as gay.some geeks watched american pie too many times and pulled a prank.
    there’s no indication that this caused his suicide either.
    a media not brainwashed by the holy gayagenda would be investiagting why the kid was being chickenhawked by an older man and how that played into things.

  • james678

    suicide and depression among gays are high even in countries where homosexuality is accepted.
    it’s just unnatural.
    same sex marriage will lead to screwing up thousands of kids.

  • MacMan

    The kids who bully generally do so because one of the parents are a bully. This is what is taught to kids. This is not something that comes automatically.

    What happened is tragic, but in today’s world until gays are accepted it’s going to happen. And to you uninformed ignorant people, being gay isn’t a lifestyle nor is it a choice. This is how we’re born. Just like someone being born black, they didn’t have the choice. And no, we’re going to hide in the closet any more.

  • F#%^*

    @MacMan: Stop saying your born homosexual ive seen no evidence of that at all. Sure you say it but its not true its a lifestyle choice really and a personal choice. This im born homosexual is a lame argument with no proof oh by the way homosexuality is nothing but a sick perverse way of thinking. Please stop saying gay the word doesn’t mean homosexual

  • essie

    i also don’t think it was a hate crime, i am sure if the victim was having heterosex, his roommate would have still posted it up as a joke — altho a stupid joke at that. i mean there was no evidence prior that his roommate was bullying him for his sexual preference.

  • KITY

    Gay would be accepted better if they just didn’t make a point to flaunt that their deviant from the biological natural order of thing and demand integration as “normal”. Straight don’t keep demanding that gays accept them, attempt to integrate themselves into the gay “culture” (whatever that is) and don’t flaunt that their normal when amongst a gay community event . Biological organism that mate are normal if they can reproduce by definition. Tolerate/ Accept for sure; Idolize or Revere – Hell No!