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No one's talking.

It's just compounding the problem.

Emma Watson from the Harry Potter movies has been attending Brown University, an Ivy League school in Rhode Island.

She's quitting.

No one's saying why.  All they are saying is why she's not leaving.  They are saying she wasn't bullied out of school.

Yeah.  Right.  I sure believe that.

I love all the talk about, "Oh, we must stop bullying," but no one does jack shit to stop it.  I was picked on my whole school career until I started fighting back.  Bottom line -- the establishment that I was supposed to turn to for relief and justice did NOTHING.  I had to do it myself.  And I didn't want to.  I liked not having to face down trouble, but I forced myself to just so I could have some peace.

Not everybody has that in them.

Not everybody has a fast mind or strong muscles or an iron will.  These people need protection, and all they get is a bunch of people saying, "Oh, if you just tell your teacher or your principal or whoever, they'll stop whoever is bothering you."  Bullshit.  One teacher even told me that what I was being put through was just boys being boys, it's part of becoming a man.  (Was I born antiestablishment, or was I made antiestablishment?  Answers on a postcard, please, to....)  Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  And I'll bet you a dollar to a doughnut hole these people saying this were never bullied themselves, or they'd know that pat bullshit doesn't work.

In order for bullying to occur, you need two things -- 1) someone looking for someone to dominate and 2) someone who can be dominated.  Watson is in an odd position.  Millions of little girls around the world look up to her as Hermione Granger.  But within Ivy League schools, which already try to establish they are separate from the regular world, Watson is an easy target.  We've seen her grown up before our eyes, so the pictures of the frizzy-haired girl aren't hidden in a scrapbook, they are at every video rental store in America.  She's been in awkward situations captured by the press, like David Letterman's creepy old man routine during her last appearance.  She may be glam now, but she wasn't.  And let me tell you -- EVERYONE is insecure about their appearance, and its even worse when you are growing up.

Also, she is Emma Watson.  Remember all the criticism heaped on Daniel Radcliffe when he starred in Equis because if featured him nude?  If Watson tries fighting back, they will probably have a field day with the child icon who acts like Russell Crowe on a bender.  Even if she doesn't lash out, the rumors and stories can be spun that way.

No one is saying for sure that Watson was bullied.  But having been there, I think she was.  And it only proves it doesn't matter if you are successful.  It doesn't matter if you're beautiful.  It doesn't matter if you're rich.  Some people, the only use they have for others is if they can exploit them.

I hope you find friendlier turf, Watson.  Be strong.


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Apr. 24th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
I'm stunned. I do think that all celebrities are abused by, for lack of a better word, society, but I've never considered putting abuse and bullying in the same bracket, even though I do think of bullying as abuse, I don't think of abuse as bullying? Either way I'm stunned and I feel so awful for her. I feel like she was doing "the right thing" and being a great model to teach children to go to school even though she "doesn't have to" and I'm even more upset that she's being bullied and abused.
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