Just when you thought Stephen Colbert wasn’t doing enough to save the world, he surprises us once again. After tackling illegal immigration and campaign finance reform, Colbert is now taking on LGBT bullying and discrimination by helping out with the . Project
Believe it or not, mega-successful, super sex god Stephen Colbert was once picked on in school and called a “queer.” Unbelievable, I know. How can someone with such rock star good looks and svelte physique ever be picked on?
Well, apparently this hurt his feelings and poor Colbert was sure how to handle it. Luckily for him, he had a close friend named Pat who knew how to handle these types of situations.
Let’s let Stephen tell the story:
When I was in seventh grade, I remember being picked on all the time, and I got called “queer” a lot. Just sort of the word that got thrown as a weapon at people when I was a kid and just the most hurtful thing that, I think, the bullies could think of calling you. And, you know, I didn’t like it. And one day I had this revelation because a friend of mine named Pat, who also got picked on by the bullies, was called a “queer” by one of the bullies — a big jock. And Pat, instead of sort of flinching or running away, turned around and said, “Yeah, I am a queer. Kiss me.” And the bully said, “What are you talking about?” And he said, “I’m queer. You called me queer; I am a queer. Kiss me. I’ll prove it.” And the bully didn’t know what to say. And he just turned around and walked away, quietly.
And I was stunned! I couldn’t believe the magic that Pat had just worked. He had somehow figured out that if you don’t give power to the words that people throw at you to hurt you, they don’t hurt you anymore and you actually have power over those people.
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