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  1. Bill says

    Apparently everyone’s been bullied. The reality is only a small minority of kids are bullied in school, most of them are gay. Getting called names a few times is not bullying. I’m just sick of people trying to claim victim status as a result of the “It Gets Better” campaign launched two years ago to help bullied gay kids.

  2. Hector says

    @Bill, apparently you’re an expert on bullying. Words will hurt more than actions and these will carry on through a lifetime sometimes. Some kids are more resilient than others, but the fact is that sometimes words hurt so much that these drive young adults to commit suicide. Shame on you.

  3. Hector says

    @Bill, apparently you’re an expert on bullying. Words will hurt more than actions and these will carry on through a lifetime sometimes. Some kids are more resilient than others, but the fact is that sometimes words hurt so much that these drive young adults to commit suicide. Shame on you.

  4. Sob Stories says

    While I’m hate hearing stories of anyone being bullied, why do contestants on these stupid talent shows always have to tell a sob story to try to get the judges in their favor? Just display the talent you claim you have.

  5. says

    re: why people tell their sob stories

    well….you can always see it as trying to win over judges and audience via Sympathy….

    OR

    you can see it as someone sending a message of Hope to those out there dealing with a daily struggle of insecurity and fear.

    never underestimate the power of such messages. i know full well how much they inspired me.

  6. Steve says

    PDX Guy, that’s a very good point! Kind of ironic, huh? 😉

    LittleKiwi, how is hearing a sob story during an audition from someone trying to become famous supposed to inspire a bullied kid? Please, it was nothing more than an attempt to get the judges to feel sorry for her and go easy on her. I would believed she was telling her story for something other than pity points if she had waiting until later down the line.

  7. Luke says

    @Steve, I agree. Although I think this girl was really bullied, it seems EVERY singing show competitor has some sort of sob story that they try to sell you to gain votes. It’s annoying.

  8. ChadSF says

    This moment reminded me of another contestant from the 1st season. Stacy I think was her name actually was pretty good vocal wise and I don’t think this contestant really had it last night, but we’ll see.
    Her story of being bullied was very sad and touching. It is a story that needs to shared IMO.

  9. says

    simple, steve – when one has been through their own challenges and speaks about them from a place free of fear, it’s inspiring.

    just because you as an adult, with a tad of cynicism in your view, isn’t moved by it doesn’t mean that something like this doesn’t strike a profound and powerful chord to many young people.

    it’s as if someone of you have already forgotten what it felt like to be a teen.

    many times the victims of bullying cower away and feel as if they’ll never rise above it. this young lass shows there’s a better path – and it doesn’t necessarily mean winning a competition – it means standing on your own two feet and trying anyway.

    you’re welcome. :)

  10. RD says

    @Hector, while I agree with you on Bill not being an ‘expert’ on bullying, and I also feel it is silly to claim that being bullied is a gay thing, I do have a problem with the statement “words will hurt more than actions”. Words do hurt, and they leave emotional scars, but being physically bullied is worse…Just sayin’…

  11. RD says

    @Hector, while I agree with you on Bill not being an ‘expert’ on bullying, and I also feel it is silly to claim that being bullied is a gay thing, I do have a problem with the statement “words will hurt more than actions”. Words do hurt, and they leave emotional scars, but being physically bullied is worse…Just sayin’…

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