In my daily life, whenever I quote Colin Farrell, I'm usually pulling direct quotes from his notorious sex tape. You know, like, when he goes down on that woman, he declares, "Breakfast, lunch, and motherf*cking dinner right here!" Stuff like that makes me want to have a vagina.
But today, I'd like to quote what he said on behalf of BeLonG To Youth Services, an LGBT youth organization in Ireland. Farrell recalls his experiences of growing up with his gay brother, Eamon:
I can't remember much about the years of physical and emotional abuse my brother Eamon suffered. I was very small. The thing i do remember though, quite literally, is blood on his school shirt when he came home in the afternoon....
Intolerance is not genetically encoded - it is taught. It is learned at home. It is learned in the classrooms and it is learned anywhere else we gather as a group. But it is usually learned early and added onto from there. If there is nothing to feared, there is nothing to hate. If there is nothing to hate, there is no pain. My brother was so forceful in standing up for who he was, and for the good that he knew was inside of him. Many people missed out on an opportunity, not only to enjoy him, but to enjoy themselves by embracing his "difference." They missed out because they saw him as a threat - not as a testament to the kaleidoscope and diversity of this beautiful world. Bullying is torture - it is another betrayal of basic human decency and its scars reach way into the future of its survivors. But the saddest truth is that not all children survive it. It is a potentially fatal societal illness and must be respected and not feared. Respected and dealt with as a very real problem and as an adversary of a potentially harmonious world, that should have no place for bullies or bullying.