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Rick Mercer Wants Cops Called on Bullies, Demands Gay Public Figures Step Up: VIDEO

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Canadian TV personality Rick Mercer unleashed a "rant" on YouTube today about the recent suicide of gay teen Jamie Hubley and bullying in schools, demanding that police be called in to deal with bullies and gay public figures take action.

Says Mercer: "It’s no longer good enough for us to tell kids who are different that it's going to get better. We have to make it better now. So If you're gay and you're in public life, I’m sorry, you don't have to run around with a Pride flag and bore the hell out of everyone, but you can't be invisible. Not anymore."

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  1. He's right on the money. Talk is not good enough. It's time for action.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 27, 2011 9:26:33 AM


  2. A Canadian comedian needs a bit more skin in the game before he makes demands of real celebrities. On Bomer, no 'out' celeb does more publicly for our causes than he does includng arriving at red carpets with his husband, running/attending gay related charity events, and having millions of fan girls accepting him in straight roles knowing full well his orientation.

    Posted by: CBT | Oct 27, 2011 9:27:48 AM


  3. more Rick. It's Gets Better

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=t1Y7qpiu2RQ

    Posted by: oliver | Oct 27, 2011 9:48:14 AM



  4. Hopefully this will get the Ottawa Police Department to follow up and actually find out who bullied Jamie and charge them with hate crimes. This is Canada in the 21st Century! Gay Marraige has been LEGAL for years HOMOPHOBIC ABUSE should be ILLEGAL as well. But Prime Sinister Harper is a evil religous zealot like a certain dead dictator in Libya.

    Posted by: Darrell | Oct 27, 2011 10:40:10 AM


  5. CBT - You're right about Bomer. His husband was just with him at the In Time premier last week. (Note that Matt had purple shoelaces to note GLBT recognition day.) He was at GLSEN the next night. He just did the "8" play in New York, and made numerous press appearances related to that. He supported the NYC AIDS walk, among many other causes. Good grief, an "announcement" isn't required - he has every right to keep his family life private.

    Posted by: CJ | Oct 27, 2011 12:13:14 PM


  6. Rick Mercer is out. How many times can he come out? Here he is on National TV a few years ago - The Strombo Show. Seems pretty out to me


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6smJlCUj4U8

    Posted by: SH | Oct 27, 2011 2:33:33 PM


  7. @Ben Rick Mercer HAS come out on Television. Nov 2010 he was on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos discussing it and all that. Just cause he didn't say it in THIS video doesn't mean he hasn't in the past.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 27, 2011 2:51:42 PM


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