Rob Halford knows a thing or two about being gay, so he must have an opinion on the gay bullying story, right? Cause you know, that’s what a good journalist does, he puts two and two together and uses tragic events to get an extra question or two out of you. A perfect example is this interview. Here’s an excerpt:
There have been a string of highly publicized suicides by gay teenagers recently. What can be done to help prevent them?
Halford: I think more than anything, it’s a picture of the way life is. You have all this sexting going on, and cyber bullying going on. It’s absolutely heartbreaking when people are driven to the point where they are taking their own lives. I’m pleased that talented people like Ellen Degeneres and Neil Patrick Harris are speaking out. They are far more articulate than I am.
Bullying has been going on for ages. You don’t have to be gay to get bullied, all you have to do is be or seem weaker than others and you’re gonna get picked on. Teens have been suffering because of bullying and exclusion for a lot of time, and these aren’t the first teenage suicides. But a few kids sync up and kill themselves in the same week, and everyone is suddenly ‘shocked’ by this. Come on, we all went to school. If we weren’t being bullied, we were the bullies, or we were witnessing it. Either way, all of us know this problem exists so can we really blame ‘sexting’ and ‘cyber bullying’ when this has been going on before computers were even invented?
I think not. I’ve bullied kids before I had a cellphone.