Stephen Colbert’s Anti-Bullying Message for the “It Gets Better Project”.

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Stephen has recorded an anti-bullying message for the “It Gets Better Project” founded by Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller.

The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

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27 thoughts on “Stephen Colbert’s Anti-Bullying Message for the “It Gets Better Project”.

  1. I don’t have enough words for how sweet, heartfelt and wonderful this is. I love you Stephen Colbert; that’s all I can think of to say. And you just show me who those bullies were who picked on you in the seventh grade and I’ll get the bullies who picked on me in 5th & 6th grade to kick their @#$%&! With words of course. Verbal sparring, you know. Stephen Colbert you are a beautiful human being. You really, really are. *HUGS*

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  2. This was wonderful and you said exactly what I try to tell my teens. Don’t let the words have power over you, but you take power over the words. Teenagers have such fragile egos because their brain is still developing. Getting them through this period of their life is probably the most difficult I have faced not only as a teacher, but as a parent.

    Thank you Stephen.

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  3. I’m so glad he followed through on this. It’s obvious he didn’t formally prepare anything but just spoke from the heart, which makes it all the more meaningful and, I hope, all the more effective. Here’s hoping some kids out there take comfort from it.

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  4. Yes Yes YES!!!!!!!!!! He finally made a video!!!!! And oh my goodness, what a beautiful, straight-from-the-heart one, too. It was so sweet how he shared that story of his friend Pat; it’s definitely the kind of story and words that LGBT teens and young adults need to hear. And it breaks my heart to imagine young teenage Stephen being bullied. I was bullied in middle school myself, and it’s never not fun to be on the receiving end of the bullying. This makes me want to cry. I just want to throw my arms around him, give him a gigantic *HUG*, a kiss on the cheek and tell him just what a kind, loving, empathetic man he is, and how I’m grateful and happy that he overcame his obstacles to reach where he is now. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Stephen, for doing this. Always stay the way you are, because the world is better for it. Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

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  5. I’ve lurked on this site since it was the No Fact Zone, but as a teen, I had to comment when I saw this. I’m bullied some, and it is definitely hard to face. I try to ignore it when people shove me or are rude. (I was born not knowing how to speak properly, because of dyspraxia. I still don’t. This makes it even harder, because dyspraxics have trouble ignoring criticism.) All I can say is wow, he’s amazing. I’m not sure what I am sexually yet, I’m only 14, but I may be bi. I started crying when I saw this. He’s perfect, he really is.

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    • Hi Cosmo! United by our love of all things Stephen, you’ll find us to be a friendly community where you can just relax and be yourself – enjoy it and be welcome!

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    • I’m glad you found a way to communicate your thoughts here, Cosmo. I’m so glad you’re here! I happen to be a speech pathologist and I want to tell you what I tell many of the patients and families I work with: “Labels belong on cans.” So if it’s okay with you, I’d prefer not to call you “a dyspraxic,” but rather, Cosmo, who speaks a little differently in the non-cyber world (and you’re still young, don’t give up) but has found her voice here. I am SO glad that Stephen’s video was able to help you. And again, I’m so glad you found this place! Welcome!

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      • Thanks to everyone! And I like that phrase, “labels belong on cans”. I’ll remember that.

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    • Welcome to the Hub, Cosmo! We’re a nice, friendly bunch of people who love Stephen and all that he does and stands for, and we love meeting new people! You still have all the time in the world to slowly find out who you are and what you care about, but if you ever need a listening ear or cyber hugs, we’re for you. You’re safe here. Hope you enjoy it here! :)

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  6. This video about made me cry. What really gets me is his last sentence, “People get nicer, too.” Not only because he’s absolutely right, but because it reinforces what an optimistic, joyful person he is. Growing up sucks. And growing up in middle/high school sucks even worse. I got picked on until about 10th grade when I was saved by comedy and discovered that having a sense of humor and working to make people laugh would make them less likely to make fun of me. But that doesn’t work for everyone. Not every bully stops because you told a joke and made fun of yourself first. And that’s why this project is so wonderful because it works to give hope to those who are still searching for some understanding. And Stephen is a beautiful person for taking part in it.

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  7. I’m really glad he did this video. I think it will help some kids who are struggling through middle and high school. He gave a great, heartfelt message. Nice job, Stephen.

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  8. I’m so glad Stephen finally did this. It’s such an important project and he’s someone who really should be a part of it. I have to say, though, that I think his friend Pat was lucky indeed; sometimes the bully doesn’t walk away.

    Heartfelt and lovely. And oh, though this doesn’t have anything to do with the noble nature of It Gets Better: man, I really love Stephen’s office! Doesn’t it look so homey and inviting?

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      • Ah, Susan, I can always depend on you for a little double entendre!

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      • Double entendre? Me? Why, of course I was referring to a tour of his office for the purpose of a didactic, psychological exploration of how his taste for exposed brick reflects the essence of his starkly exposed inner struggle with faith versus reason!
        What on earth did you think I was referring to?

        [*wink*]

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      • Well, I was going to ask “You’ve sat in his chair. What more do you want?”, but I’m afraid – very afraid [for the site's family-friendly policy] – of the answer!

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      • And in keeping with said policy, I will simply state, yes, I sat in that chair, but I was the only one in it.

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      • Oh, and I should mention it was his stage chair, not office chair. If I’d been in the office chair, security never would have gotten me out.

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  9. @Cosmo
    You know you’re welcome here, Cosmo! We’re very glad to have you–and I’m happy to hear that Stephen provided comfort.

    And remember…it WILL get better. I promise.

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  10. That was just wonderful. The “It Gets Better” Project is amazing in every way, and I’ve followed along with their adventure from Dan and Terry’s very first video and have seen the way it’s spread through so many people, even people like President Obama, the Prime Minister (even though he’s conservative), my beloved Senator Al Franken, and now Stephen Colbert too. So many of us have been bullied, I was slightly (though I think I was ignored more than anything….I’m one of the lucky geeks), but it’s so important for LGBT kids to hear this message, since many of them have nowhere to turn to. Some can’t even talk to their parents because they are just as persecuted at home as much as at school, and that’s what just breaks my heart.

    I think this IGB video from Stephen illustrates one of my very characteristics he has, and that is, he seems to always learn from everything that happens to him, especially the bad things. Not everybody is like that, and I really believe that is the truest sign of pure wisdom there is.

    On a side note: The most adorable part? When he made special mention that the video wasn’t only for gays and lesbians, but bisexuals and transgendered as well.

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    • And I like how he added, “Or anyone who gets picked on, really.” It’s so true and it was good of him to state that people get picked on for all kinds of insane reasons — so lots of young people can relate to this video, I think, in addition to LBGT kids. I thought his whole presentation was very wise.

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