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Actor Jim Parrack: I Was A Bully, But It Gets Better (VIDEO)

Actor Jim Parrack: I Was A Bully, But It Gets Better (VIDEO)


In a video for the It Gets Better project, actor Jim Parrack admits that he was a “jerk” in school who made life hard for other people, but he wants kids to know that hurting others gets you no where. He also wants to tell LGBT kids and all those who are bullied: it does get better.

Parrack, who plays Hoyt Fortenberry in HBO series True Blood, says in the video that school can be a confusing time, but nothing is gained by victimizing others. He goes on to say that kids who are being bullied will soon see that when school comes to an end they will be able to go their own way and leave the bullies behind — but the bullies will have to deal with what they have done.

This is one in a series of PSAs recorded by the True Blood cast, with videos from Alexander SkarsgardKristin Bauer, and Anna Paquin among several others.

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8:48PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Good on him. I love Jim's character Hoyt on True Blood, and he seems like a really decent person in real life.

5:32PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011


11:19PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Yea for you for admitng to being a former bully. Yes life does move on from school, but for some kids this time can't come soon enough. Bullying scars people and can even cause suicide for others. We need to teach our children empathy and practice empathy for our children to learn from. Our children are too precious to leave in the hands of bullies.

8:01AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Yes, it does get better - but it never gets perfect. There will always be bullies out there: Michele Bachmann, the Mormon Church, Rick Santorum to name a few.

1:50AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Wow, a former bully who has developed some self-awareness.

1:22AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011


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10:48PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

If we can not forgive a BULLY are we in fact being BULLIES ourselves. Forgive and move on.

10:31PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

I'd congratulate this man for having the maturity to acknowledge his immature bad behaviour.
Norma V, you and I must have watched different videos - I heard him say "I was a jerk", and similar words to that effect, which sounds like "ownership" to me.

6:08PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

I was bullied by girls in my new Junior High when I was that age. They were so mean. 45 years later, I still remember how awful they were. I have never been able to just forget about it.

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