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Wonkette Interviews Jonathan Capehart About Teen Bullying

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Your Wonkette attended a Trevor Project benefit last weekend, which raised money to help combat teen suicide. In case you have been trapped in a Chilean mine for the last two months: There have been a number of recent cases in which gay teens — bullied and harassed because of their sexuality — have taken their own lives. (This is awful and tragic and disturbing.) WaPo person and teevee pundit Jonathan Capehart has a message for young gays (and non-gays) who are feeling the hurt. It’s quite moving, actually:

As always, many thanks to Liz Glover!

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  • sarabenincasa

    I love this man. I want to schnuggle him to my heart.

  • freakishlywrong

    Maybe, just maybe, if we didn't have people in "leadership" roles in this stupid country railing against gays as the source of all of our problems, (last month t'was Muslins, before that the NAAACP and colored folks, and in June is was illeeeeeegals, (messicans). But I know, "both sides do it". Sigh.

    • JadedDissonance

      Yes, "both sides do it," but one side is saying that it's not just one specialized social group, but an entire political paradigm that's doing it.

      And they wish they were "doing it" assfucking style.

  • JadedDissonance

    Hot Wonkette Mic!

    Also, very inspirational. Thx Liz.

  • JMPEsq

    Now, if Wonkette was the Washington Post you'd have to "balance" this with an American Family Association screed claiming that bullying gay kids is perfectly OK.

    • V572625694

      It builds character. That's why the football coach tells his weakest players, "You look like a bunch of girls out there!" He used to say "faggots," but you know, political correctness.

      • petehammer

        Now it is just the players who call each other faggots. Oh, to be young!

      • Trinket

        Heaven knows, calling someone a girl is the biggest insult possible.

      • transfatz

        This is probably going to cost me all my p-points. After the coach sanctioned jock bullying I suffered in high school the image of a bunch of these assholes shivering under their desks waiting for the nerds to turn them into hairy strawberry jelly did my heart good. Pee your pants "athletes".

  • elviouslyqueer

    It is my fervent wish that more teens and adults (of all sexual orientation stripes) would see and hear this. Thanks Liz, and especially thanks Jonathan!

    • problemwithcaring

      Yes. I want to make a video telling large-breasted, bookish, tom-boyish middle school girls "It gets better. A lot fucking better!"

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    I’m not outraged after listening to this guy. I am confused.

  • http://blogslut.com blogslut

    I just love Mr. Capehart. I am constantly amazed as his ability to remain calm and positive when he's subjected to the ravings of idiots like Joe Scarborough.

  • Limeylizzie

    I adore Jonathan Capehart, if I were the mother of a gay son I would be trying to get him to go on a date with Jonathan. He is so sweet and smart and just perfect, I hope he has a nice boyfriend/partner/husband.

  • DoktorZoom

    And here's another outstanding video: Joel Burns, Fort Worth City Council member, made a statement to the council as part of the "It Gets Better" project. (Caution: Video likely to provoke manly tears.)

    Yay! Texas has progressives! Some even get elected!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Am I the only one that gets uncomfortable, uneasy, and fidgety when there is a serious, sincere post here?

    • Jukesgrrl

      But once I get over the initial shock, I usually learn something. Today I learned that I should look at Joe Scarborough and see a silver lining behind him. Ah, OK, I'll try.

    • transfatz

      I think it's the shadow of the hammer.

  • Extemporanus


    Thank you for this perfectly to-the-point, very important post. The video, as well, was really swell.

    I have no idea how our Wonkette's undoubtedly complicated page placement Al Gore-ithm operates, but in the future, please entreat the editors to afford affecting efforts along these lines the full-frontal exposure they not only deserve, but demand in order to make a broader, more lasting impact.