While many celebrities have posted “It Gets Better” videos to help address the teen bullying and suicides that keep happening, comedian Scott Thompson (whom you know best from the gay sketch show Kids In The Hall) has taken a different approach. He doesn’t necessarily agree with having gay people cast as “eternal victims” is the best approach. In an interview with PrideSource, Thompson thinks people should just “grow a pair”.
“Grow a pair. Here’s the thing: The world is not kind to us; it never really will be. The gay male is always going to be at the bottom. I believe the things that happened to me as a child scarred me terribly, and I wish somebody would have helped me with some of the things that happened. But you have to fight back. So much of these bullying campaigns are part of the trend that we were just talking about – the recasting of gay men as eternal victims and it’s like, fight back! Fathers should start teaching the boys how to punch. He does that to you, here’s what you do: You fucking punch him in the face.”
In another recent interview, Thompson explained to OutTakeOnline, “What you really need is people like The Rock to say [that bullying is wrong]. Those kids need to hear The Rock and rappers and 50 Cent, they’re the ones that those boys need to hear.” That’s an interesting point. Maybe the bullies need to feel fear for a change?
Perhaps a combination of “It Gets Better” and a bit of “fighting back” like Thompson suggests would be a good approach. I don’t think think there is a magic solution to dealing with this, but the more people that get involved, the better.