Mean Stinks! What kind of Mean? Peer-to-peer, face-to-face, text-to-text, whatever.
We know it exists, and your favorite shows are taking a stand to address it. Wetpaint knows that the issue of bullying is one that matters to you. That’s why we created a go-to, quick guide highlighting the best and brightest primetime episodes featuring positive messages and anti-bullying themes. Each week, we’ll post a new “Hall of Fame” episode as well as the latest news on the real-life efforts and experiences of celebs who have been bullied in, “Hollywood Speaks Out!”
This Week’s Featured Episode, Glee Project, Season 2, Episode 3, "Vulnerability.”
Glee’s Cory Monteith (Finn), whose character has been both the victim and the instigator of bullying in the past — stops by the Glee Project as a guest mentor. He spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about why he thinks episodes like “Vulnerability” are so important.
“Glee has always advocated for things like this and anti-bullying is close to a lot of the people's hearts who run, produce and star in the show, myself and Ryan Murphy included,” Cory says. But this isn’t the first year the Glee Project has addressed this issue. Season 1 of the Glee Project also featured a vulnerability-themed episode with guest mentor, Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Beiste). In Dot’s episode, contenders walked around Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles wearing a gigantic signs exposing their deepest insecurity.
"Once upon a time, that sign would have said, 'I can't dance,'" Cory says about his own performance anxieties. “Glee has been very revelatory for me the past few years and the fact that now millions of people are watching me sing and dance every week is pretty crazy. I don't know what that sign would be now, but thank God I don't have to do that!"
The stars of Glee have always been advocates for anti-bullying movements, and The Glee Project looks to be following in their footsteps. "It's high on everyone's priority list to lend our support to make people more aware,” Cory says. “This is happening to real kids every day.
For more information on anti-bullying efforts around the country, check out Secret’s Mean Stinks Campaign on Facebook.
Hollywood Speaks Out!
The Olympics may be over, but for some hopefuls, the conversation is just beginning. Gymnast Alicia Sacramone spoke out recently about her experiences with bullying to bring awareness to the problem in schools as part of the Secret’s Mean Stinks campaign. "Growing up I was always shorter than most people. They always used to call me Oompa Loompa and tease me. It was just really mean. I was really self-conscious about my height growing up," Alicia says. "Growing up competing in an all-girls sport, it was difficult. There were some mean girls, the popular girls [and] the girls who are getting bullied. It's not fair. I was so happy to partner with Secret Outlast. They’re fully against bullying and making sure that every girl feels confident and loved and never has to feel put down that way!"