Stars rally for America's 'It Gets Better' anti-bullying campaign
After the tragic suicide of 18-year-old American Tyler Clementi (after he was outed online), Ellen DeGeneres was one of the first to step up and announce publicly that bullying, for whatever reason, is not okay.
Now a host of celebrities are recording YouTube videos in support of a new anti-bullying initiative called ‘It Gets Better’.
While Clementi’s death is the one which has gained the most media attention for the cruel antics which preceded it, at least three other young gay Americans have committed suicide because they were bullied about their sexual orientation.
So far Joe Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris, Lance Bass, LeAnn Rimes, the cast of TV’s 'Hellcats' (featuring 'High School Musical’ star Ashley Tisdale and singer-songwriter Aly Michalka), Sarah Silverman and Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes, have recorded videos for 'It Gets Better' and similar anti-bullying campaigns.
The 'Hellcats' video, for example, is in response to the story of an 11-year-old American boy who was bullied so badly for wanting to be a cheerleader that his arm was broken.
MTV has meanwhile launched a new iPhone app, Over The Line. It’s an online forum where teenagers can seek support, tell their stories and help others in the same position.
Watch the video of Ellen DeGenres addressing the subject below:
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