Monica Lewinsky is launching another anti-bullying effort featuring many celebrities and stars called #DefyTheName. Do you think we’re making progress with bullying?
Scroll down to see how people across America voted.
Monica Lewinsky is no stranger to bullying. Many know her from her infamous past as President Clinton’s 24-year-old sex partner and White House intern in 1998. After the incident, she was publicly humiliated, isolated and confessed years later that she was shattered. Now, at 45-years-old, she is a champion against bullying and enlisting the help of her celebrity friends.
Lewinsky recognizes how much bullying affects youths today. A report from the United Nations Children’s Fund revealed that nearly half of 13-to-15-year-olds around the world have experienced bullying or physical violence. Pediatrics Journal estimated 1 in 5 teen suicides were caused by bullying, and the Center for Disease Control reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-19. With such high statistics, it is obvious that bullying is a major issue that needs to be addressed.
In her most recent PSA (#DefyTheName), Lewinsky shows a short but powerful clip to demonstrate how much people have overcome bullying by reciting the past bullying names of celebrities. A few of the names included Sarah “The Weirdo” Silverman, Quest “Super Dweeb” Love and Alan “Useless” Cummings. The viewers are left with the powerful message that they are not alone in being bullied and that name-calling does not define a person or what they’ll accomplish. Lewinsky encourages people to change their tag on social media to their bullied name, share their story and defy the name they were once called. Her own Twitter handle is: “Monica Chunky Slut Stalker That Woman Lewinsky.” By sharing her bullied name and story, she is proving to other victims that they are not alone.
As powerful as her #DefyTheName video was, how much of an impact will it have? Her previous anti-bullying campaigns have had a lot of success. Lewinsky’s 2015 TED Talk speech “The Price of Shame” has been viewed a total of 13 million times and translated into 41 different languages. The chilling PSA for the #ClickWithCompassion campaign was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial. Her work with anti-bullying not only reaches major audiences but is also recognized for its impact.
Monica Lewinsky has inspired many with how much she has overcome her bullied past and how hard she is working to help others through their difficult times. She is taking major steps towards an anti-bullying society. However, is it enough to stop bullying all together? Read the full story from USA Today here.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
Do you think we’re making progress with bullying?
Slowly but surely
No, far fetched