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Rise Against's 'Make It Stop' Offers Powerful Message Against Homophobia and Teen Suicide: MUSIC VIDEO



This video was originally posted with my weekly music update earlier today, but upon the suggestion of some of our readers — and because of its emotional and political resonance — we decided to give the clip its own post.

Not too long ago I mentioned the inclusion of "Make It Stop" on the new Rise Against album — a song that explicitly tackles homophobia and gay teen suicide, even going so far as to name the young people who took their lives in September of last year. Today, the band premiered the video for it, and honestly, it's a bit gut-wrenching. Its unambiguous condemnation of gay bigotry also arrives with a handful of It Gets Better videos from other teenagers, in addition to a well-placed cameo from Dan Savage.


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  1. I give Rise Against massive props for having the guts to write a song like this and produce a video with this message. It won't fix the predjudice and malice of a majority (people who refuse to moderate their behavior and reactivity to what they don't understand) but thankfully it may reach the few people left in this rapidly declining country that have a true heart & decency level remaining at all.

    Posted by: Kim | Jun 22, 2011 11:12:29 AM

  2. Once again, Dan Savage uses the anti-Gay bullying crisis as a vehicle for promoting himself. Dude has no shame at all.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 22, 2011 12:27:13 PM

  3. Brought tears to my eyes. Well done.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jun 22, 2011 1:42:20 PM

  4. I loved it. I was lucky and didn't go through too much hate. It's great to see bands sending out the message.

    Posted by: Charles | Jun 22, 2011 2:29:42 PM

  5. @Stuffed Animal - Dan Savage is out there trying to solve the problem. I personally know people that this project has helped. If anyone has no shame it is you.

    Posted by: Bryce | Jun 22, 2011 2:45:27 PM

  6. @Stuffed Animal: The band contacted him and asked him to participate.

    And you're about as pleasant as a prolapsed rectum.

    Posted by: nodnarb | Jun 22, 2011 2:56:43 PM

  7. dear stuffed animal stfu the adults are talking...bitter clueless ones can gtfo we're done carrying your dull asses

    Posted by: epic | Jun 22, 2011 3:42:00 PM

  8. Bully’s Greatest Secret

    Bullies are more like poison than a knife, and they are more like slow-working poison than cyanide.

    You're body is flooded instantly with adrenaline and it's derivatives, like norenephrine. Now when these hormones pervade the bloodstream, you're brain reacts. It shuts down certain centers and activates others.

    This is called the stress reaction. Or stress syndrome action. Then when the abuse recedes, the adrenaline levels begin to drop. As they drop, the entire system goes into mayhem.

    So what bullies usually do...they start and stop, start and stop. That achieves the maximal stress syndrome. And this is the great secret of bullying: never overdo it...small doses...the victim will do the rest.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Jun 23, 2011 8:04:26 PM

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