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.”