Julia Roberts has a simple take on bullying: Treat others as you would want to be treated. Roberts first learned of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) when she was asked to auction off a lunch like her friend George Clooney did. Afterward, she became a supporter of the organization.
She said, “My friend Dave Karger called to say, ‘Hey, would you mind? George Clooney auctioned off a lunch to raise money for this event and I just said, ‘Yes, of course, I would do the same. I hope you make a dollar!'”
She went on to say, “Ignorance is the root of any kind of discrimination and hatred and so the thing that’s great about GLSEN is that it’s about education. The program [to raise awareness and support] goes from kindergarten through high school and I know from my kids that school is where all the power is. I was really blown away.”
Roberts continued, “It all comes down to the simplest thing – to treat others the way you want to be treated. People that are truly, deeply unkind are the ones that lack any real knowledge of what they are talking about or who they are talking about. People who truly struggle, they just want to be heard. If you would just give them one little moment of your time and let them explain who they are and how they feel, it’s such a tiny graceful thing to offer anyone. And when they get that, the sky’s the limit.”
She added, “As big and powerful as the bully tries to seem is as sad and pitiful as they truly are. It’s important to realize it has nothing to do with you but it actually has to do with the person being cruel and unkind and that is the person who has the confusion and the problems.”
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