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Bill Maher On Bullying and Ostracism (VIDEO)

Bill Maher On Bullying and Ostracism (VIDEO)

 

Chat show host Bill Maher of HBO’s Real Time has recorded an It Gets Better video for bullied youth to tell them that there is life after school and to hang in there.

In the video Maher reveals that he was bullied at school for being short, but also highlights how much he was hurt by being ostracized at school.

Maher also says that he wishes that while he was at school he had gone over to fellow classmates that were ostracized and stood up for them. He asks that kids who might be watching this do what he did not and stand together with all those who are picked on because together you are stronger.

Don’t Suffer in Silence, Get Help

The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 helpline with trained counselors ready to listen if you or someone you know would like to talk about the issues dealt with in this post.

The Trevor Project Helpline number is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).

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IMPORTANT: If you live outside America and require information on services in your country the International Association for Suicide Prevention carries information for crisis centers from across the globe. Please click here for those resources.

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6:30PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Now i like Maher even more! Thank, Bill! :-)

10:38PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

We need to help children how to behave with kids they either don't understand or don't like. And that starts really young, from 3 and 4 years old. Some kids just have little patience with others and some have bad role models at home. Preschool and healthy peaceful earlly socialisation is really important.

7:08PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

John h.we are talking about bullying and exercising our first amendment rigths and we have the right to disagree with idiots and bullies..
Your political opinions are not part of this discussion..Go and visit Suzan O..

10:47AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

DON'T THINK FOR ONE MINUTE, IT IS ONLY A CHILD THING; MY "MATURE" NEIGHBORS FIT THE BILL OF BULLYING. THEY TELL ME TO MIND MY OWN BUSINESS WHEN IT COMES TO THE LIFE OF THEIR LITTLE ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE AND IN THE STREETS OF SPEEDING VEHICLES - IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE; I HAD NO TROUBLE STANDING UP FOR MYSELF - AS I CALLED THEM OUT ON TRESPASSING MORE THAN ONCE. A LEGAL CASE IS PENDING AND DON'T YOU KNOW, ALL NEIGHBORS ARE CLICKING TOGETHER V ME.

7:56AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Bill Maher what a joke of a man not a good role model at all . The way he talks down on people because they don't think like him here's a qoute if perry where black palin would hump him do you really want people like maher to be your speaker on bullys

4:11AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

That's a good point. In the past I've witnessed episodes of bullying taking place to other people but did nothing because at the time I couldn't see it for what it was, partly because bullies invariably find ways to disguise and seek to justify their attacks.

Looking back now I wish I'd helped those people instead of letting them think they were dealing with it alone. Bullies deliberately seek to isolate their targets, so letting them know they're not alone is helpful to them.

2:41PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

This is a subject that's long overdue.

2:04PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

The area of bullying that still does NOT get enough attention is the brutal and ruthless bullying towards kids who are too fat or too short. This size-ism is often not challenged by the grown ups in these kids lives, especially if the kid is considered too fat. Adults frequently add to a kid's pain by insisting that they should lose weight if they don't want to get bullied. Who would ask a gay kid to just be hetero in order to thwart the attacks of bullies? Until we include fat kids into the anti bullying language and take on their cause as vehemently as we take on those that ostracize gay, black, Jewish, etc. children we are not doing our jobs as responsible adults. END THE OSTRA-SIZING! Warmly, Dr. Deah Schwartz

5:51AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

I have always loved Bill, now I know why! I was bullied as a child (and as an adult too). Then I got to experience the pain again with my Son who was relentlessly bullied because of Aspergers Syndrome among other things. He is 21 now and the anxiety of the childhood years still remains as he is afraid in many social situations that he will be bullied like in school. I really hope that the awareness of this terrible behavior changes things. I thank people like Bill Maher for raising such awareness~

5:41AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

I am so grateful for the public awareness on bullying - it high time the world takes a stand and helps these innocent kids from suicide - the 2nd largest cause of death - unacceptable and I am just waiting for the day that I catch a bully in action to a kid or animal, watch out scum of the earth your days are numbered!

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