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Actor Colin Farrell Supports Stand Up! Anti-Bullying Campaign

Actor Colin Farrell Supports Stand Up! Anti-Bullying Campaign

 

Actor Colin Farrell has issued a statement in support of Stand Up! an anti-bullying initiativeby the Irish LGBT youth organizationBeLonG To. The Stand Up! Campaign calls on everyone, gay and straight, to stand together against homophobic bullying.

Colin and his brother Eamon have long been champions for the BeLonG To cause, and indeed this issue is personal because Colin’s bother Eamon is himself gay and suffered what he’s called terrible and sometimes violent abuse when he was a child.

Speaking from Los Angeles Colin Farrell reportedly issued the following statement for BeLonG To:

“If there was one great wish I have for my country – for a land that I love and a people I so revere, it would be that school bullying were a thing of our past.

“So much has befallen us in our shared history as a people. The harshest of these times have threatened to take our dignity, or scald our hearts into closing.

“Most of our great trials, from soiled land to the institutionalized abuse of trust and power, were inflicted upon us, whether by nature or the power corrupt. Now with bullying, there is a clear choice and the choice is ours.

“Each individual, as a member of his and her community, must Stand Up! In the face of this appalling brutality that plagues our schools. In effect, bullying is no less than the systematic doling out of pain upon the innocent. It is literally laughing in the face of somebody as they fall into increasingly grave danger. It’s not my place to draw parallels, but we have had enough of such hardships. The world has.

“Whether it be the attacking of Gay students, which I witnessed first hand happening to my own brother, or students who are in the minority as a result of race or religious beliefs or any other such characteristic that separates them from ‘the norm’, it is all wrong and has no place in a just and compassionate country such as I know Ireland to be. We have always been praised as being the friendliest and most welcoming race in the world. My wish is for us to prove it daily, in the school yards and playgrounds across this Great Land of Ours.”

BeLonG Tos Founding Director, Michael Barron, has praised the In Bruges actor for taking this strong stand, reportedly saying:”Eamon and Colin Farrell are fantastic advocates for LGBT young people and their families. Our Stand Up! Campaign is about supporting everyone – LGBT young people, straight people, teachers, parents and family members to all take a stand together against homophobic bullying which can have devastating affects on young people’s lives. The Farrell brothers are the perfect example of what Stand Up! really means.”

The Stand Up! campaign includes an interactive video ad which has become some what of an international hit. You can find out more about that here.

You can find out more about the campaign here:www.standup.ie

Related Reading:
Stand Up for Bullied LGBT Teens (VIDEO)
Irish Teachers Not Comfortable Tackling Anti-Gay Bullying
Commissioner: EU Leaders Must Act On Anti-LGBT Discrimination

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4:52AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

good guy

9:25AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Thank you, Eamon and Colin Farrell for 'Standing Up' to hateful bullies!!

I think the cause has more power when a celebrity gets involved!!

7:59AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Very good to see celebrities that people look up to getting involved in the fight to rid bullying.

11:34AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Nice. It gets better? Not until respect and dignity are accorded to all people around the world. Until bigotry and prejudice is a historic lesson about "stupid things people once believed" it's still going to cause people to be in pain and danger.

8:13PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Thank you Colin.

9:53PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Well Done Guys Thanks for your concern, nice to know that there are others out there who care and are not afraid to let it be know, were all beside you on this issue.

12:07PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

More power to Colin and his brother. It's a sad thing when anyone gets his jollies in hurting someone else. People who do this sort of thing are usually very insecure and put others down to make up for their own inadequacies. It's a chain reaction. Everyone needs to have approval and love. Sad to say it's a basic reaction especially in a child to want to hurt someone if they have been hurt and so few children are taught empathy. We spend too little time talking and listening to our children. We need to be good listeners to them and it's amazing what you find out when you listen.

9:47AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Grande Colin!!

8:02AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Kudos to Colin for taking action to address an unmet need!

10:52PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Stop bullying, and stop parents and schools from defending the bullies!

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