When it comes to bullying, many celebrities have spoken about their experiences and campaigned about the subject. Taylor Swift is known for being one of the most down to earth celebrities out there. She relates to her fans, and is just a normal woman in her 20s. But she tries to use the influence she has over her fans for the better. Recently, one of Taylor Swift’s fans opened up to her on Tumblr about being constantly picked on and physically bullied because of his name and his physical appearance. Taylor Swift responded with the following sweet message:
I was really shocked to hear you say that you’d been bullied because of your name because the first thing I thought when I saw it was ‘woah, Caillou is such a cool name’. Honestly. I thought it was so cool because it’s different, and herein lies our issue: you will always be criticized and teased and bullied for things that make you different, but usually those things will be what set you apart. The things that set you apart from the pack, the things that you once thought were your weaknesses would someday become your strengths. So if they say you’re weird or annoying or strange or too this or not enough that, maybe it’s because you threaten them. Maybe you threaten them because you’re not the norm. And if you’re not the norm, give yourself a standing ovation.
Now I want to tell you that I think you look great the way you are. No one has the right to criticize you for how your body looks, but they will. One thing I’ve learned from experiencing this exact kind of criticism is that no one else can label your body except for you. No one gets to have a place in your mind if you didn’t invite him or her there. So please do me this one favor: Don’t let their ugly words into your beautiful mind.
And if someone punches you again, call the police and report them because that is assault. I’m serious. There’s no direct penalty for bullying with words (except karma) but no one is allowed to hit you. Ever.
Thanks for telling me your story and for being so strong.
Taylor Swift has reached out to her fans in the past about bullying too, when a girl opened up to her on Instagram, Taylor responded, “People put other people down for entertainment, amusement, out of jealousy, because of something broken inside them,” she wrote, “…or for no reason at all. It’s just what they do, and you’re a target because you live your life loudly and boldly. You’re bright and joyful and so many people are cynical. They won’t understand you and they won’t understand me.’
So don’t think you’re alone out there, there are a lot more people out there than you think who have survived bullying and you can read about their positive stories for some inspiration!